by Steve Milloy, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow
As Appearing in the Washington Times
The Environmental Protection Agency has illegally stacked a key science advisory board with highly paid cronies — but nothing can be done about it. I have a comatose lawsuit to prove it.
We sued the EPA in May because a panel of the agency’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) was selected in violation of the Clean Air Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act, both of which require that CASAC be independent and unbiased.
The CASAC panel of concern is its Particulate Matter Review Panel for 2015-2018. It will pass judgment on EPA’s scientific assessment of the health risks of particulate matter (soot and dust) in outdoor air ahead of EPA’s next mandated review of the existing standards for particulate matter, perhaps the agency’s flagship regulatory program.