EPA Touts Final FOIA Update Rule Prioritizing EJ Community Requests

September 7, 2023
EPA says it has completed its final “phase II” rule updating Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) policies and is touting a host of changes the agency says will make records requests more accessible to the public, including expedited processing of filings from environmental justice (EJ) communities and lowering the bar for fee exemptions. On Sept. 7, EPA “announced its Phase II [FOIA] final rule updating and modernizing the Agency’s FOIA regulations” though it did not release the actual text of...

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