TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jun 6, 2018
A federal judge has ordered that the Environmental Protection Agency must disclose agency information used to backup claims made by administrator Scott Pruitt during a television appearance, Ars Technica reports. Pruitt told a CNBC anchor in 2017 that carbon dioxide is not “a primary contributor” to climate change, prompting a group called Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility to file a Freedom of Information Act request for EPA documents that show how he came to that conclusion. After the EPA refused, the group sued them. U.S. District Court Judge Beryl A. Howell ruled that the EPA must comply with the request by July 2, and if such documents cannot be provided, an explanation for their absence must be provided by July 11.