The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has denied a records request from a government watchdog group asking for financial conflict of interest statements from agency science advisers who got $190 million in federal grants.

EPA said Steve Milloy, an attorney with the Energy & Environment Legal Institute (EELI), couldn’t get financial disclosure statements from members of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) because “the harm to the individuals … clearly outweighs the public interest in such disclosure.”

EPA also said CASAC members’ financial statements were exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests under the rather ironically named Ethics in Government Act.

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