by Tim Pearce
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is phasing out an air quality advisory panel as it continues to reform and cut back the web of experts that inform the agency’s policy decisions.
The Particulate Matter Review Panel (PMRP) is not scheduled to research or review EPA policies next year, according to The New York Times.
The PMRP is made up of 20 scientists that study air pollutant’s effects on the respiratory system. The panel is an offshoot of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) that approves all research and recommendations from the PMRP to be passed on to the EPA…
A 2016 analysis of the ozone panel revealed that 17 of its members had received a total of $192 million in EPA grants to conduct research for the EPA. Members of the particulate matter panel received another $190 million in grants from the EPA, according to a 2016 lawsuit filed by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute.