Lawsuits target failure to respond to FOIA requests

January 17, 2019

Guardians filed two transparency lawsuits against the Trump administration this past week targeting the Department of the Interior’s failure to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests. The first suit targets Interior and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s failure to release records related to oil and gas in the Greater Chaco region; the second, the U.S. Office of Surface Mining’s refusal to release records related to toxic blasting emissions at coal mines.

It’s now common for federal agencies to fail to provide requested records within the time limit of the Freedom of Information Act—if they acknowledge the requests at all. To make matters worse, the Trump administration is pushing revisions to Interior’s FOIA regulations that would make accessing information even more difficult.

“We will not tolerate secrecy within our federal government,” said Jeremy Nichols, Climate and Energy Program Director for WildEarth Guardians. “This is about enforcing transparency, but it’s fundamentally about ensuring our federal government is putting Americans first.”

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