The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are being sued for neglecting to hand over records about the “environmental justice” grants it gives to activist groups across the U.S. Government watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit this week after their 2015 Freedom of Information Act request to see the documents was ignored.
According to the Daily Caller:
Judicial Watch previously spearheaded an investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email server. Now, they are demanding EPA turn over records the conservative group requested nearly one-and-a-half years ago.
EPA has spent $24 million since 1994 as part of a “small grants” program that funds environmental projects carried out by activists and community groups. One project funded the Connecticut-based Green Jobs Corps’ plans to educate the youth about threats to water quality.
EPA also funds cooperative agreements with activist and community groups. One such agreement with the Montachusett Opportunity Council (MOC) seeks to “raise community awareness about stormwater runoff and water pollution prevention.”
“The Obama EPA’s ‘environmental justice’ slush fund for its left-wing allies needs to be exposed. This is a simple records request and the fact that the Obama EPA ignored it for years tells you the agency has something to hide.” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a statement.
The Trump administration plans to cut the environmental justice program, as has placed a freeze on all EPA grants. The move has caused Mustafa Ali, the head of the program, to resign and raised the ire of environmental groups who benefit from the grants.