Panel of Air Quality Scientists Fired by EPA Plans to Keep Working Without Pay

An air pollution advisory board disbanded by the EPA will meet and issue its report without government funds

A committee of 20 scientists hired by the U.S. Government to determine safe levels of air pollution was recently fired, by the new head of the EPA, a former coal-industry lobbyist.

The scientists have decided to convene and issue their report on air pollution on their own dime.

The Particulate Matter Review Panel was made up of experts on “particulate matter” — aka tiny particles of pollution created by burning fossil fuels that cause respiratory disease, such as asthma and lung cancer.

They were initially hired by the EPA to decide what levels of these microscopic air pollutants are safe to breathe.

Under current standards, 21 million Americans live with levels of air pollution considered unsafe by the EPA.

The agency is currently conducting reviews to determine whether those  standards should be tightened or loosened.

To make sure their opinion reaches the EPA decision-makers, the committee will make the unprecedented move of paying for their own flights and hotels to meet in DC and work for free to issue their advisory report.

Head of the EPA and former coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, claims he disbanded the group because it “took too long to perform its task.”

He’s replaced the advisory board, with a new secretive panel called the “Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee” that will meet behind closed doors.

The old panel, which now calls itself the Independent Particulate Matter Review Panel, will hold a public meeting Oct. 10-11 at the same hotel it was originally scheduled at in DC […]

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2 thoughts on “Panel of Air Quality Scientists Fired by EPA Plans to Keep Working Without Pay

  1. LOL, Sha’Tara. I personally think it’s brilliant. It’s a perfect collective (rather than individual) solution to the problem, it’s a real life demonstration that 21st century life doesn’t have to be all about money, and it simultaneously gives EPA chief Andrew Wheeler the middle finger.

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