"The EPA is picking winners and losers, exhibiting favoritism, at the expense of due process and transparency,” it was said in a statement. "They are manipulating our legal system to achieve what they cannot through our representative democracy. The outcomes of their actions affect every one of us by sticking states with the bill and unnecessarily raising utility rates by as much as 20 percent."
EPA's press secretary in Washington, D.C. denied allegations that the agency cooperates with environmental groups to develop regulations.
However, as many as 40 lawsuits have been filed against EPA over the years by such environmental groups as Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife, WildEarth Guardians and the Sierra Club that have led to consent decrees, "sometimes on the same day the lawsuit is filed," that include terms and conditions that go beyond statutory guidelines approved by Congress.
The states' lawsuit seeks to enforce federal Freedom of
Information Act guidelines involving the states' request for letters, emails
and any other correspondence between the EPA and environmental organizations
before they sue the agency. The attorney generals want to analyze the document to determine the nature of EPA's legal strategy concerning environmental groups.