1st Circ. Wonders: Did EPA Think Through Expert 'Purge?'

Law360, Boston (December 3, 2019, 10:03 PM EST) -- The First Circuit on Tuesday questioned whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had fully thought through the impact of removing scientists who receive its grants from its advisory committees, a Trump administration directive that effectively "purged" 8,000 otherwise-qualified scientists from the rolls.

As the panel heard oral arguments on whether to revive the suit brought by the Union of Concerned Scientists, the judges appeared frustrated at the lack of a developed record before the court as to the process it undertook in issuing the 2017 directive.

"Clearly the EPA has made a change here, it seems to be a fairly large...

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