Minority members of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee released a report on Sept. 9, 2013 claiming that the EPA has "a dismal history of competently and timely responding to FOIA requests," has failed to adequately train staff members on FOIA policies, has shown bias in deciding to honor fee waiver requests, and has misused email accounts.
Some of the members of the committee filing the report receive their largest campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry and from agribusiness. Environmental groups have also filed complaints during this time, but some states claim these legal actions were coordinated by the EPA to change regulations.
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