EPA Administrator Picks Texas' Chief Toxicologist and Agency Critic to Head Science Advisory Board

WASHINGTON -- Michael Honeycutt, Texas' chief toxicologist and a longtime critic of the Environmental Protection Agency, has been named to lead the agency's Science Advisory Board, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Friday. Honeycutt, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's chief toxicologist, is known for his controversial remarks on ozone risks. He also has repeatedly opposed tighter ozone standards. In 2014, he told The Dallas Morning News that researchers and the EPA have exaggerated ozone's harm. He was part of a group of the state's top environmental officials who fought a 2009 study by the EPA, which linked long-term ozone exposure to an increased risk of premature death from respiratory causes. "They're torturing data," he said in 2014.   Continue reading...

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