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JW v EPA grants complaint 00542

JW v EPA grants complaint 00542

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Case 1:17-cv-00542 Document Filed 03/24/17 Page THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT COLUMBIA
JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.,
425 Third Street SW, Suite 800
Washington, 20024,
Plaintiff,
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
AGENCY,
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, 20460
Defendant.
____________________________________)
Civil Action No.
COMPLAINT
Plaintiff Judicial Watch, Inc. brings this action against Defendant U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency compel compliance with the Freedom Information Act, U.S.C. 552 FOIA grounds therefor, Plaintiff alleges follows:
JURISDICTION AND VENUE
The Court has jurisdiction over this action pursuant U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(B)
and U.S.C. 1331.
Venue proper this district pursuant U.S.C. 1391(e).
PARTIES
Plaintiff Judicial Watch, Inc. not-for-profit, educational organization
incorporated under the laws the District Columbia and headquartered 425 Third Street
SW, Suite 800, Washington, 20024. Plaintiff seeks promote transparency, accountability,
and integrity government and fidelity the rule law. part its mission, Plaintiff
regularly requests records from federal agencies pursuant FOIA. Plaintiff analyzes the
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responses and disseminates its findings and the requested records the American public
inform them about what their government to.
Defendant U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agency the United
States Government. Defendant has possession, custody, and control records which Plaintiff
seeks access. Defendant headquartered 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington,
20460.
STATEMENT FACTS November 25, 2015, Plaintiff submitted FOIA request the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency EPA seeking the following:
Copies all grant awards and associated proposals for
environmental justice grants awarded the EPA 2014 and
2015.
According U.S. Postal Service records, the request was received the EPA
November 30, 2015.
The EPA confirmed that received the request December 2015, assigning
the request Tracking Number EPA-HQ-2016-001786. the date this Complaint, Defendant has failed to: (i) produce the
requested records demonstrate that the requested records are lawfully exempt from
production; (ii) notify Plaintiff the scope any responsive records Defendant intends
produce withhold and the reasons for any withholdings; (iii) inform Plaintiff that may
appeal any adequately specific, adverse determination.
COUNT
Violation FOIA, U.S.C. 552
Plaintiff realleges paragraphs through fully stated herein.
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10.
Plaintiff being irreparably harmed because Defendant violation FOIA,
and Plaintiff will continue irreparably harmed unless Defendant compelled comply
with FOIA.
11. trigger FOIA administrative exhaustion requirement, Defendant was
required determine whether comply with Plaintiff request December 30, 2015 the
latest. minimum, Defendant was required to: (i) gather and review the requested
documents; (ii) determine and communicate Plaintiff the scope any responsive records
Defendant intended produce withhold and the reasons for any withholdings; and (iii) inform
Plaintiff that may appeal any adequately specific, adverse determination. See, e.g., Citizens for
Responsibility and Ethics Washington Federal Election Commission, 711 F.3d 180, 188-89
(D.C. Cir. 2013).
12.
Because Defendant failed determine whether comply with Plaintiff request
within the time period required FOIA, Plaintiff deemed have exhausted its administrative
appeal remedies. U.S.C. 552(a)(6)(C)(i).
WHEREFORE, Plaintiff respectfully requests that the Court: (1) order Defendant
conduct searches for any and all records responsive Plaintiff FOIA request and demonstrate
that employed search methods reasonably likely lead the discovery records responsive Plaintiff FOIA request; (2) order Defendant produce, date certain, any and all nonexempt records Plaintiff FOIA request and Vaughn index any responsive records
withheld under claim exemption; (3) enjoin Defendant from continuing withhold any and
all non-exempt records responsive Plaintiff FOIA request; (4) grant Plaintiff award
attorneys fees and other litigation costs reasonably incurred this action pursuant U.S.C.
552(a)(4)(E); and (5) grant Plaintiff such other relief the Court deems just and proper.
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Dated: March 27, 2017
Respectfully submitted, Chris Fedeli
Chris Fedeli
D.C. Bar No. 472919
JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.
425 Third Street SW, Suite 800
Washington, 20024
(202) 646-5172
Counsel for Plaintiff
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