I disagree because if I am the EPA, I need to trust and rely on the best scientific experts in the field to advise me on direction for protecting the environment. That being said, then obviously I would invest in them as well to continue to research environmental issues to ways to improve environmental protection and clean up. I think the name of the organization says enough. It's main goal and INTEREST is to protect the environment, not the opposite. I'm not sure what the conflict of interest is if you need the advisement of great scientific minds who understand this type of research.