A DC District Court sided with the Trump administration and granted the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) request to dismiss legal action brought by envirowackos that wanted an end to scientists receiving agency funding while they sit on advisory boards.
The policy change was issued in 2017 when former Administrator Scott Pruitt was still in charge of the agency. But environs immediately filed suit claiming Pruitt did not have the authority to make such changes.
It was an idiotic claim by the lefties, of course, but just another example of the lawfare that the left constantly engages in to deny Republicans their ability to administer the will of the voters.
The rule was meant to stop scientists who are taking government grant money from also serving on boards that were biased in favor of positions that could make them conflicted while performing the experiments or research that the grants were supposed to fund.
The left-wingers insisted that there could be no such conflicts between taking government grants and serving on boards of politically motivated organizations.
But this week a federal judge agreed with the Trump administration.
According to BizPacReview:
Judge Trevor McFadden ruled against environmental groups, led by Physicians for Social Responsibility, and agreed to dismiss all four counts leveled against EPA’s ethics policy. President Donald Trump appointed McFadden to the D.C. District Court in 2017.
“In sum, Physicians have not plausibly alleged a conflict between the Directive and the conflict of interest statute and [Office of Government Ethics (OGE)] regulations,” McFadden wrote in his opinion issued Tuesday.
Also, according to Steve Millroy of JunkScience.com, this was no guess. The conflict was already seen. As BizPac noted:
Milloy’s past research has found that scientists and experts sitting on just one Obama administration EPA advisory board collected $192 million in agency grants in recent decades. Milloy, an environmental policy expert, said this could unduly influence advisers tasked with evaluating EPA regulations.
Fortunately, it looks like the new rules change can go forward. This is a big victory.
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