The Face of the USEPA Science Advisory Board Could Change
The EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established in 1978 to ensure the EPA uses the most up to date and relevant scientific research for its decision making and that the EPA's programs reflect this advice. It has served in this role, most often uncontroversially, through 36 years and six presidents. In the past much of the SAB was comprised of academicians theorists and toxicologists some of which have specific degrees in the field of interest. With the passage f proposed legislation the SAB might begin being populated by actual practitioners of the science from private industry. Such additions to the SAB could be very beneficial in providing a pathway to public-private cooperation in the development of policies that affect the environment and the economy that funds its protection.