Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 26, 2013

Another View: Keep feds transparent

---- — Something is drastically wrong when states decide they must sue the federal government for information. That problem recently was illustrated when 12 attorneys general sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for documents they say will reveal collaboration between the agency and environmental groups, at the expense of the states.

The states’ lawsuit claims the EPA invites legal action against itself from environmental groups, prompting court settlements that impose tougher restrictions on states.

The states last August asked EPA for records of communications with environmental groups under the federal Freedom of Information Act.

We find it abhorrent that a federal agency needs a lawsuit thrown in its face before relinquishing documents that should available to the public. Government must be transparent if it is to effectively represent its constituents.

The Muskogee, Okla., Phoenix