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  • btdt100 btdt100 May 18, 2013 7:40 AM Flag

    EPA - Next Scandal

    Vitter: EPA FOIA scandal ‘no different than the IRS disaster’
    05/17/2013

    A Republican senator says allegations that the Environmental Protection Agency has made it more difficult for conservative groups to obtain information is no different from the burgeoning scandal at the IRS.

    Shortly after the IRS admitted to targeting conservative groups, it was reported that the EPA has routinely denied fee waiver requests from conservative groups seeking government records, while at the same time, approving such requests to environmental groups.

    “We know the Obama EPA has completely mismanaged FOIA, but granting fee waivers for their friends in the far-left environmental community, while simultaneously blocking conservative leaning groups from gaining access to information; is really no different than the IRS disaster,” Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter told the Daily Caller News Foundation in an emailed statement.

    The free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute revealed that since January 2012 the EPA granted fee waivers for 75 out of 82 Freedom of Information Act requests sent by major environmental groups and only denied seven of them — a 92 percent success rate for green groups. However, the agency rejected or ignored 21 out of 26 fee waiver requests from conservative groups — an 81 percent rejection rate.

    “Their practice is to take care of their friends and impose ridiculous obstacles to deny problematic parties’ requests for information,” said CEI senior fellow Chris Horner.

    When a fee waiver is denied, it generally stops the FOIA request as many groups don’t have the resources to pay the fees associated to get the FOIA.

    “[W]e have learned that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has struggled to observe the President’s commitment to transparency: their staff is poorly trained, does not place a priority on responding to FOIA requests, and appears to be more interested in erecting barriers than in ensuring requests are promptly and properly fulfilled,

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    • "Shortly after the IRS admitted to targeting conservative groups, it was reported that the EPA has routinely denied fee waiver requests from conservative groups seeking government records, while at the same time, approving such requests to environmental groups."
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      "When a fee waiver is denied, it generally stops the FOIA request as many groups don’t have the resources to pay the fees associated to get the FOIA."
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      Since when are conservative groups interested in facts (or environmental protection)? They lie half the time and obfuscate the other half.

      BTW, would this be the same David Vitter (R-DiaperFetish) who dropped out of the LA governor's race after his name was discovered in the DC Madam's rolodex? Love them Republican family values!

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      • "Since when are conservative groups interested in facts (or environmental protection)? They lie half the time and obfuscate the other half."

        Well carson, you may have the percentages wrong but at least you are admitting there is little difference in conservatives and liberals.

        "BTW, would this be the same David Vitter (R-DiaperFetish) who dropped out of the LA governor's race after his name was discovered in the DC Madam's rolodex? Love them Republican family values! "

        At least he chooses his risque sex with the opposite sex, unlike our President who likes to swing to the other side.

    • EPA inspector general investigating claims agency used fees to block FOIA requests
      Posted on May 16, 2013 by Steve Milloy

      “Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Bob Perciasepe has asked the Inspector General for the EPA to investigate claims the agency hindered inquiries by conservative groups by charging fees routinely waived for watchdog and media groups.”

 
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