Description: Challenge to Dept. of Energy’s refusal to release report concerning water resources.
Civil Society Institute Inc. v. U.S. Department of Energy
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 06/10/2011 Complaint Complaint filed. A nonprofit organization that supports renewable energy sued the Department of Energy pursuant to FOIA for allegedly blocking the release of a report on energy and water supplies, which was drafted by individuals at Sandia National Laboratories and sent to the agency in 2006 but has never been made publically available. According to the complaint, the report shows that U.S. energy policy has not given adequate consideration to the nation’s limited water resources. According to plaintiffs, the U.S. electric sectors use more than 200 billion gallons of water a day, and water withdrawals from thermoelectric power sources accounted for almost half of total water withdrawals.