U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the appointment of new members to the Science Advisory Board (SAB) and its four subcommittees including: the Agricultural Science Committee (ASC), the Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee (CAAC), the Drinking Water Committee (DWC), and the Radiation Advisory Committee (RAC). Sheila Olmstead, a professor of public affairs at the LBJ School, is among the 16 new members.
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The LBJ School welcomes two new permanent faculty members in health policy and environmental economics
The LBJ School is pleased to announce the addition of Todd Olmstead, former Associate Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University's School of Public Policy, and Sheila Olmstead, former Associate Professor of Environmental Economics at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, to the permanent faculty.
Sheila Olmstead is an environmental economist and associate professor in the University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs. She is the co-author of a recent study evaluating water pollution trading programs, which are similar to greenhouse gas cap and trade programs. The study found, however, that there aren't many active water pollution trading programs in the United States. These programs, for example, might involve an industrial plant that needs to reduce water pollution and seeks to do so by compensating farmers who reduce theirs.