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“The basic function of the Freedom of Information Act is to ensure informed citizens, vital to the functioning of a democratic society.”

Those words appear prominently on the U.S. government’s Freedom of Information (FOIA) website.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website says:

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives the public the right to make a request for federal agency records. EPA and all other federal agencies are required to disclose records unless the records are protected from disclosure by:

• any of the nine exemptions in the Act, or

• one of three special law enforcement record exclusions.

Yet increasingly, at least when it comes to Trump’s EPA, those words ring hollow.

U.S. Right to Know (USRTK), a consumer advocacy group funded in part by OCA, has filed a series of FOIA requests with the EPA and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to obtain documents related to the FDA’s testing of food for glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup brand weedkiller.

The FDA has produced some of the requested documents.

But two years out, the EPA is still stalling. So on May 22, USRTK sued the EPA for documents it rightly owes the U.S. public. USRTK’s Carey Gillam explains why.

Read ‘Consumer Group Sues EPA for Documents Related to FDA’s Testing of Food for Herbicide Residues’ [LINK TO COME]

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