EPA Scolded For FOIA Foul, But Not Sanctioned By DC Court

By Rebecca McCray (March 3, 2015, 4:54 PM EST) -- A D.C. federal court took the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to task for allegedly tampering with evidence in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Landmark Legal Foundation, but denied the foundation's motion for sanctions against the agency on Monday.

While Judge Royce C. Lamberth denied Landmark's plea for spoliation sanctions against the EPA for allegedly erasing emails during discovery in the FOIA suit because the foundation lacked sufficient evidence, he took the opportunity to chide the agency for demonstrating a "lack of respect" for its FOIA obligations.

"Despite all of the obvious errors made by the...

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