Scott Pruitt (pictured above), the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, didn't renew the terms of 9 of the 18-member board of scientific counselors, and he will be replacing these board members with representatives from industries that the EPA regulates. In other words, people who are in the EPA's pocket.
"The committee has been eviscerated," Deborah Swackhamer, chair of the board, told The Guardian. "We assumed these people would be renewed and there was no reason or indication they wouldn’t be. These people aren’t Obama appointees, they are scientific appointees. To have a political decision to get rid of them was a shock."
The decision to not renew the three-year terms of the 9 scientific counselors will allow the Trump administration to rejigger the scientific board in line with its industry-friendly agenda that has sought to strip away various pollution rules in the name of "regulatory certainty."