The EPA dismissed half of its review board, an 18-member Board of Scientific Counselors
EPA dismisses half of its scientific advisers on key board, citing ‘clean break’ with Obama administration. The Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/05/07/epa-dismisses-half-of-its-scientific-advisers-on-key-board-citing-clean-break-with-obama-administration/?utm_term=.b4728313543d&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1And Trump orders the Interior Department to rescind or reduce size of national monuments:
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has chosen to replace half of the members on one of its key scientific review boards, the first step in a broader effort by Republicans to change the way the agency evaluates the scientific basis for its regulations…
Valerie Volcovici. Trump orders review of national monuments to allow development. Reuters, Wed Apr 26, 2017 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-interior-monuments-idUSKBN17S1MHA long term strategy to role back the regulatory state - especially in financial, health, and environmental regulation - has born fruit.
U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to allow national monument designations to be rescinded or reduce the size of sites as the administration pushes to open up more federal land to drilling, mining and other development.
Trump's order is part of an effort to reverse many of the environmental protections implemented by his predecessor, Democratic President Barack Obama that Trump said were hobbling economic growth. Trump's agenda is being cheered by industry but enraging conservationists.