first_imgScott Pruitt is administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Originally published by E&E NewsThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially unveiled new membership rosters today for several key science advisory panels that give more weight to representatives of industry and state governments at the expense of university researchers.The rosters for the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and the Science Advisory Board posted online this morning appear to reflect the impact of restrictions put in place this week by agency chief Scott Pruitt. The new policy bars current recipients of EPA grants from serving on any agency advisory committees and effectively ends a tradition of appointing members to two consecutive three-year terms. The newly released lineups largely dovetail with an advance copy obtained earlier this week by E&E News. 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But Pruitt removed two other members, Ron Wyzga of the Electric Power Research Institute and Donna Kenski, a data analyst at Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium, to make way for the other two new appointees.In an interview this morning, Kenski called the process “a travesty.” She said she had noted to EPA that while the consortium receives EPA funding, it is routed through state governments, a category exempted from Pruitt’s new policy, but got no effective response.After serving a prior stint on the CASAC some years ago, Kenski had again been named to the panel last year by then-EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy over the objections of Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.). Inhofe’s former chief of staff Ryan Jackson now works for Pruitt in the same capacity.Her ouster this week from the CASAC now presents “an interesting confluence of events,” Kenski said, but she added that she’s not privy to any information beyond what she has received from EPA.EPA today also announced new members of its Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), a panel that advises the agency on its research programs.Paul Gilman, chief sustainability officer for waste management giant Covanta, is listed as chairman of the science board. Deborah Swackhamer, the previous chairwoman, is listed as a member.Swackhamer has been critical of Pruitt and EPA under the Trump administration after the new EPA chief decided against renewing the terms of several BOSC members earlier this year. She found out she was demoted earlier this week after reading a news article on her phone in the Zagreb, Croatia, airport (Greenwire, Nov. 1).Reporter Niina Heikkinen contributed.Reprinted from Greenwire with permission from E&E News. Copyright 2017. E&E provides essential news for energy and environment professionals at www.eenews.netEarlier coverage:Trump’s EPA has blocked agency grantees from serving on science advisory panels. Here is what it meansProposal to ban EPA grantees from agency science advisory boards stirs controversyEPA axes 38 more science advisers, cancels panel meetingsEPA fires members of science advisory board Gage Skidmore/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) EPA unveils new industry-friendlier science advisory boards Email Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Click to view the privacy policy. 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