EPA chief de­nies sidelin­ing sci­ence ex­perts.

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency chief Scott Pruitt says his pro­posed reg­u­la­tory roll­backs and other poli­cies are grounded in sci­ence.

He is dis­miss­ing crit­i­cisms that he is ig­nor­ing ex­perts to ap­pease fa­vored in­dus­tries. Pruitt de­fended his ap­proach Thurs­day dur­ing his first ap­pear­ance be­fore the House En­ergy and Com­merce Com­mit­tee, which over­sees the EPA. Democrats ac­cused him of purg­ing aca­demic ex­perts from EPA ad­vi­sory pan­els. Pruitt says he was avoid­ing con­flicts of in­ter­est.

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