Members of the Science Advisory Board for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will now be able to speak to the press and general public about their participation on the board. The EPA reversed course on the issue last month after criticism that the agency was restraining the free speech of its scientific advisors.

Board members will be limited to speaking “in their capacity as a private citizen,” according to an EPA memo, when responding to an inquiry related to “their scientific area of expertise or related to their participation in a FAC [Federal Advisory Committee]….”


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