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FOIA News: Lawsuit filed for EPA nominee's records

FOIA News (2017)Allan BlutsteinComment

Watchdog group sues EPA chief over public records release

By Valerie Volcovici, Record Advocate, Feb. 7, 2017

A media watchdog group is suing to force U.S. President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency to release records detailing his communications with energy companies ahead of a Senate vote to confirm his nomination.

The Center for Media and Democracy, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, will file a lawsuit on Tuesday in an Oklahoma court against that state’s Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Trump’s nominee to become the top U.S. environmental regulator.

The group wants to force Pruitt to respond to more than four dozen “open records requests” that have been filed as far back as January 2015 to publish emails between his office and energy companies.

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