E&E News reporter
Two years ago, Steve Milloy was at the forefront in promoting a lawsuit aimed at forcing EPA to dissolve and reconstitute a scientific panel that would review the agency’s standards for soot and other tiny airborne particles.
The suit failed, but Milloy, who served on President Trump’s EPA transition team, is now celebrating a victory by administrative fiat that arguably went even further than his lawsuit on the review panel for particulate matter.
“EPA disbands PM panel … another YUGE win!” he wrote in an email Saturday linking to a post on his blog, JunkScience.com.
In the decision announced last week, acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler abolished the roughly 24-member review panel and didn’t replace it. Instead, he concentrated responsibility for helping in the review with the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, a seven-member body now dominated by his appointees.