by Jean Chemnick
E&E reporter

A conservative group is suing the State Department under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for records related to possible involvement by environmental advocacy groups in the department’s preparations for this year’s high-stakes round of U.N. climate negotiations.

The Energy & Environment Legal Institute filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia yesterday to compel the department to produce public records of third-party involvement in a bilateral agreement between the United States and China reached last year and the department’s work ahead of this year’s talks in Paris.

“This information is of increased importance in the face of Senate opposition to further Executive freelancing on what obviously is a treaty requiring that body’s advice and consent,” the organization said in a statement accompanying the brief.

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