EPA advisers urge changes to air quality standards reviews

By Sean Reilly | 03/22/2024 04:16 PM EDT

The report lands as House Republicans push a much broader overhaul of the agency’s reviews of soot, ozone and four other pollution limits.

EPA headquarters.

EPA headquarters in Washington. Francis Chung/POLITICO

An EPA advisory panel is offering a series of proposals aimed at improving the agency’s reviews of critically important air quality standards.

Modest in scope, the draft report by the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee includes suggestions for EPA to beef up analyses and offer added briefings under certain circumstances.

The report comes as House Republicans push a much broader overhaul of EPA’s apparatus for conducting the reviews of the standards for ozone, particulate matter and four other pollutants.


The seven-member panel’s proposals are intended “to enhance consensus among the CASAC and strengthen its advice,” Chair Lianne Sheppard wrote in a cover letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan.