Information about experts selected to serve on independent peer review panels for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will now be subject to public scrutiny. A recent policy change requires the names, affiliations, and resumes of candidates being considered for contractor-managed review panels be made public. Additionally, the EPA will accept public comments on the recommended reviewers. Contractors will also consult with EPA to assess compliance with existing conflict of interest policies.

Not everyone is impressed with the changes. Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT), who is sponsoring a bill (H.R. 1422) aimed at reforming EPA’s science review boards, called the new process “just a smoke-and-mirrors announcement without any meaningful documentation or chance of agency follow-through.”

 


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