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'EPA Admin. Pruitt announced a new rule barring scientists who receive EPA research funding from serving on the agency’s 3 main advisory panels: the Science Advisory Board, the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee(CASAC) and the Board of Scientific Counselors. The move cleared the way for Pruitt to name industry-backed researchers to take control of the boards, which are meant to serve as a check on policies at the agency.; they learned from news reporters that they had been replaced. The unceremonious and hotly-politicized dismissals of top officials is a hallmark of the Trump administration. The Department of Justice fired Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, after Trump suddenly demanded his resignation months after asking him to stay on. Earlier this year, the EPA axed 38 science advisers in what many described at the time as a purge.'