Professor Sidney Shapiro quoted by BuzzFeed about EPA’s science panels

Photo of Professor Sidney Shapiro in court.

Sidney A. Shapiro, law professor at Wake Forest University and vice president of the Center for Progressive Reform, testifies on regulatory reform before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. Sept. 16, 2015, Washington, D.C. Photo: Jay Mallin

Professor Sidney Shapiro is quoted in the following story, “EPA’s Science Panel Might Soon Be Stacked With Polluters,” written by Dan Vergano and published on BuzzFeedNews on March 9, 2017.

An excerpt follows:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s scientific advice on coal, lead, and climate change might soon come largely from polluting industries and rely on far fewer environmental studies by scientists.

On Thursday, the House science committee passed two bills to Congress with those aims, according to critics. One bill would change EPA’s scientific advisory panel to bar academic scientists who had received study grants from the environmental agency. The other would allow critics to see previously proprietary data in studies weighed by the agency in deciding pollution rules.

“These bills just look like ways to inject more doubt into that scientific assessment and gum things up,” administrative law expert Sidney Shapiro of Wake Forest University told BuzzFeed News.