EPA Wins Dismissal Of Expert 'Purge' Suit In Mass.

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (March 27, 2019, 3:34 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is well within its rights to bar scientists who receive EPA grants from serving on its advisory committees, a Massachusetts federal judge said Wednesday, tossing a suit challenging the change.

The Union of Concerned Scientists and an EPA advisory committee member sued the Trump administration last year claiming it is effectively "purging" the committees of scientists associated with universities and lending more weight to private industry views. But U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV said there is nothing illegal about the EPA's new policy.

The plaintiffs had argued the policy directive violates a conflict-of-interest statute...

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