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A. Alan Moghissi

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A. Alan Moghissi is a president of the Institute for Regulatory Science, part of the "sound science" movement that works to question the scientific basis for health and environmental regulations. Moghissi also serves as a member of the board of directors of the American Council on Science and Health.

A former official with the Reagan-era U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Moghissi has characterized environmentalism as a belief that "members of endangered species deserve protection and that, because there are billions of humans, humanity does not qualify for protection."[1]

As an "expert on risk assessment," Moghissi appears regularly on rosters of industry-supported "expert panels" that work to undermine environmental regulations. He serves on the advisory board of numerous anti-environmental organizations and right-wing think tanks, including the American Policy Center's "EPA Watch," the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, the Advancement of Sound Science Coalition, and the National Wilderness Institute, a "wise use" anti-environmental organization that calls for abolition of the Endangered Species Act.

In 1990, Moghissi served on a panel created by the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute, in league with Consumer Alert and the National Consumer Coalition to challenge the EPA's policy requiring asbestos removal from schools and other public buildings.

He also chairs the Science Advisory Committee of the Environmental Issues Council, which was established in 1993 by industry trade associations including the Association of American Farm Bureaus, the Association of General Contractors, the National Cattleman's Association, the American Pulpwood Association, the Natural Gas Supply Association, the United States Business and Industrial Council, the Mountain States Legal Foundation, and the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

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