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October 09, 2021

     Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan illegally fired dozens (over 45) of independent scientific advisers from two key committees earlier this year and replaced them with academics dependent on the agency for grant money, a new lawsuit claims. Stanley Young, a statistician who has worked on pharmaceutical research and is a former member of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB), alleged in a complaint filed in Washington, DC federal court Thursday that the March 31 purge by Regan showed that the agency “has a problem with dissent.” Regan should  resign or be fired.  It was the Biden's way of appointing a black person instead a qualified person. 

     Regan bounced all 47 members of the SAB, including Young, as well as all seven members of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). In a statement at the time, Regan justified the move by citing “process irregularities” under the Trump administration — including an October 2017 ban on academics and non-government officials in receipt of EPA grants simultaneously serving on the advisory panels, which the administrator said “significantly restrict[ed] member eligibility.”

     “Resetting these two scientific advisory committees will ensure the agency receives the best possible scientific insight to support our work to protect human health and the environment,” Regan said. “Today we return to a time-tested, fair, and transparent process for soliciting membership to these critically important advisory bodies.”

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