Description: Action to compel a response by EPA to a Freedom of Information Act request regarding remarks about climate change made by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in a televised interview.
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility v. EPA
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 04/13/2017 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Nonprofit Group Sought Records Providing Basis for EPA Administrator’s Statements About Climate Change. The nonprofit organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed an action under the Freedom of Information Act requesting that the federal district court for the District of Columbia order EPA to respond to the organization’s request on March 10, 2017 for records relied upon by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in statements he made about climate change in a televised interview. The complaint cited Pruitt’s statements that he would not agree that human activity was a “primary contributor to the global warming that we see” and that “there’s a tremendous disagreement about of the impact” of “human activity on the climate.” The complaint alleged that these remarks “stand in contrast to the published research and conclusions of the EPA.”