In the reporting for President Trump's executive order to roll back Obama-era regulations, it was said that the Environmental Protection Agency's (epa) biggest enemy -- the Trump-appointed director of the agency itself, Scott Pruitt -- was given the power to review all Obama-era EPA regulations in order to roll them back. Prior to this, the scientific community was already concerned that Trump would toss out decades-old scientific data that the administration didn't value.

Recently, Blasting News reported on the EPA's first steps in rolling back these regulations by altering the site's climate change page to present the new administration's agenda.

On Monday, the EPA and the Interior Department sent a more profound message by delivering notices to members of various scientific review boards that both departments have relied on and promising to turn over more.

Getting rid of obstacles for the fossil fuel industry

Both departments defended their decision by saying that this kind of turnover is expected during the transition of a new administration. But critics point to the obvious which is that the trump administration, the new EPA director, and his history have made no secret of their hatred towards the enforcement of climate science. The data hasn't been very favorable towards the

The data hasn't been very favorable towards the Fossil Fuel Industry and companies who have been labeled as dangerous mass polluters and so it makes sense that supporters of that industry who are now in power want to "review" the science that makes that attempts to hurt their bottom line, as initially reported on Blasting News.

In fact, it's been reported that those members whose positions had not been renewed will be replaced by those who represent the same fuel industry.

In fact, it's been reported that those members whose positions had not been renewed will be replaced by those who represent the same fuel industry.

It's also been reported that both the EPA and the Interior Department are directing their overhaul of outside science advisory boards that they've relied on for years, which critics say is attacking the science.

These advisory boards total in 200 along with committees within and outside both departments.

Officials from both departments began sending out notices last Friday and through the weekend. It's been pointed out that one of them, Robert Richardson, was a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors, an 18 member group which advises on the research the scientific arm of the EPA does, to make sure their research is rigorous and has integrity.

It's also been noted that those who were released were at the end of their three-year terms -- which the administration has also said -- but that rather than being terminated, they are often renewed.

Members respond

Robert Richardson explained that the board has nothing to do with controlling the EPA's regulations which is something Richardson says he's seen spokespersons give as the reason their positions were not renewed.

Courtney Flint who is a professor of natural resource sociology at Utah State University was also one of the 13 members dismissed.

According to her, and Richardson, they were told at the beginning of the year that once their terms ended, they would be renewed.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is apparently reviewing more that 200 advisory boards. While denying that anyone was fired or terminated, a spokesman for the EPA J.P. Freire has also said that they would not be "rubber-stamping" Obama-era appointees, which Deborah Swackhamer -- who is still on the panel and whose term ends next year -- took issue with. She said that Freire was showing their bias against the former administration and that she would still behave in the same way under Scott Pruitt.

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