EPA Beats Back Suit Over Adviser Grant Policy

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (February 13, 2019, 4:14 PM EST) -- A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday tossed a lawsuit brought by a coalition of scientific advocacy groups challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's policy barring members of its scientific advisory committees from receiving grants while serving in their roles.

U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden said the groups failed to prove that the EPA's policy violated a conflict-of-interest statute addressing executive branch employees and related regulations. That law is designed to block government workers from taking part in matters that could directly affect their financial interests, and the regulations say grant recipients can serve on federal advisory committees as long as they don't...

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