By Kevin Bogardus | Full article published at Politico
E&E NEWS PM | Republican lawmakers are investigating EPA's so-called sue and settle practices as the agency's conservative critics claim legal deals with green groups have overly swayed regulations.
In a letter sent Tuesday, Reps. James Comer (R-Ky.), chair of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, and Pat Fallon (R-Texas), who leads the Economic Growth, Energy Policy and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee, requested a number of documents related to the agency's litigation with "special interests."
They took issue with EPA Administrator Michael Regan's decision last year to turn back a Trump-era directive that barred the agency's alleged "collusion" with outside parties to influence rulemaking.
"You revoked a policy designed to protect the American taxpayer from the veiled influence special interests exercise on federal policy through sue-and-settle consent decrees and settlement agreements," Comer and Fallon wrote in their letter.
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