By Stephen Dinan
A conservative legal group sued the EPA on Tuesday, arguing that the agency engages in political discrimination when deciding which open-records requests it will fulfill.
The lawsuit comes after congressional Republicans found the Environmental Protection Agency regularly grants liberal groups a break on open-records fees, but denies conservative groups the same consideration.
EPA officials have denied the charge of favoritism, but have requested their inspector general conduct an audit of their fee waivers to determine if any changes are needed.
The lawsuit stems from a claim by researcher Chris Horner and the Energy & Environment Legal Institute that EPA has stonewalled their requests for documents on a number of agency actions, and has demanded a $2,000 fee before they will process the documents requested.