Records keeps opening up EPA, a chance to shape federal FOIA policy, and Oliver North’s checkered trail
This week’s FOIA roundup ties together the past and present with some fascinating documents. Plus, see the latest results from the #RummysSnowflakes crowdsourcing campaign.
This week, see how FOIA has helped open a secretive EPA, what you helped uncover in Rumsfeld’s memos, and which agencies made the worst of the worst - plus how you can win free MuckRock requests and swag!
After flooding from Hurricane Harvey caused chemical fires at the Arkema Chemical Plant in Crosby, Texas local officials tried to downplay the explosions, as well as the noxious nature of the plume of smoke coming from the facility - even after ten deputies were sent to the hospital after inhaling it. Just a few months prior, Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt nixed new safety regulations for chemical plants, thanks to the support of Texas lawmakers and Governor Greg Abbott.
Removing the redactions in Chicago, a faked cleanup stalls affordable housing, and a chance to get your FOIA questions answered
If you’re looking for FOIA Friday inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. See how others are using public records to open up government and keep our democracy informed.
Want to know how the Trump administration’s border enforcement is going? Be prepared to wait, and to fight, for transparency.