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Interior Plan to Ignore ‘Burdensome’ Records Requests Panned

Jan. 31, 2019, 9:05 PM

The Interior Department’s proposed rule allowing it to ignore certain “burdensome” Freedom of Information Act Requests drew 65,000 comments, many questioning its legality.

The proposed rule, issued Dec. 28, was met with broad opposition from government watchdogs and environmental groups saying it violated the Freedom of Information Act. The biggest concern was that the Interior Department could ignore FOIA requests that are “extremely broad or vague” or involve an “unreasonably burdensome” search, thus limiting decisions and material that are made public.

A group of environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, Citizens Coal Council ...