MGE SECURES ORDER REQUIRING MEANINGFUL DISCLOSURE OF NATIONAL MONUMENT RECORDS

In ongoing FOIA litigation on behalf of Friends of the Earth, today we secured an order requiring the Department of Interior to specifically identify records that are responsive to our clients’ FOIA requests. After failing to respond to FOIA requests until litigation was filed, the government sought to respond to Friends of the Earth by dumping records online under uninformative, broad category headings, and sending Friends of the Earth form letters that provided no information about what records were responsive to which FOIA requests. Today’s ruling ensures that the government must comply with FOIA by identifying which records respond to Friends of the Earth’s requests, which will help the public get to the bottom of the administration’s unprecedented shrinking of national monuments.