OK attorney general files multi-state lawsuit against EPA

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and 11 other attorneys general have filed a lawsuit requesting access to documents related to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “sue and settle” strategy with environmental group.

The lawsuit follows a request filed by the states under the Freedom of Information Act related to the strategy, which a release from Pruitt’s office states is used “as a way to settle lawsuits with environmental organizations, including Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife, WildEarth Guardians and the Sierra Club, without allowing state involvement.”

Pruitt said the states have requested documents which the EPA has refused to produce, adding that “if the EPA is making backdoor deals with environmental groups to push their agenda on the American people while bypassing the states and Congress, we need to know.”

The states filed the FOIA request in February, which a statement from Pruitt’s office said will be used to “analyze the data and evaluate the prevalence of EPA’s ‘sue and settle’ strategy to determine further action.”

Other states joining the lawsuit are Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.

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