Environment & Energy Report

New EPA FOIA Rule Open to Political Influence, Group Says

July 23, 2019, 9:47 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency’s new public records rule puts too much power into the hands of political appointees, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said in a July 23 complaint.

  • Final determinations on Freedom of Information Act requests from the media and the public should be left to experienced career officials, the advocacy group says.
  • The agency is also accused of rushing through the rulemaking process and relying on “procedural rule” and “good cause” exceptions that aren’t actually applicable to this situation.
  • Group asks court to overturn rule.
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