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FOIA News: Court orders EPA to release communications with industry groups

FOIA News (2019)Allan BlutsteinComment

Court orders EPA to release Andrew Wheeler’s contacts with outside groups within 10 months

By Dino Grandoni, Wash. Post, Jan. 7, 2019

A federal judge has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to release tens of thousands of emails and other documents involving the agency’s top-level political appointees — including acting chief Andrew Wheeler — in a move activists hope will clarify how industry interests may be influencing their decisions.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, in a Dec. 26 ruling, ordered the release of about 20,000 emails exchanged between industry groups and 25 Trump officials within the next 10 months. The timeline will start as soon as the federal government fully reopens.

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