The Environmental Integrity Project filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit Tuesday seeking details about dozens of White House meetings with interest groups to discuss Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
The non-profit group, which advocates for the enforcement of environmental rules, filed the lawsuit after receiving no response from the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) to a January FOIA request seeking more details on the meetings.
The request focuses on 65 meetings on four EPA rules, including 51 with industry groups like Exelon and 14 with public interest and environmental groups.
“Industry lobbyists have every right to meet with the White House about EPA rules,” Environmental Integrity Project Attorney Alayne Gobeille said in a statement. “But the public ought to know what was said at these meetings and whether it influenced decisions that are supposed to protect our health and the environment.”