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Rebuking Trump's "science," an EPA panel found shortcomings in regulatory rollbacks; urged EPA to undertake a new risk assessment before proceeding with the landmark air toxics regulations on coal- and oil-fired power plants; EPA should address analytical weaknesses in planned rollback of Obama-era vehicle fuel efficiency standards, concluding in a “commentary” that proposed rollbacks of Clean Water Act protections depart from “EPA recognized science.”
The panel has 44 members providing outside counsel to EPA; drafts were produced by working groups; the full board discusses them later this month. This supplies ammunition to foes of the administration’s agenda. In a statement this morning, the Union of Concerned Scientists, a liberal-leaning advocacy group, cited the review of the scientific studies rule as evidence that the proposal “is ill-considered and scientifically dubious.”