Green Group Files Complaint with National Archives and Records Administration Over EPA Records

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility has filed a complaint with the National Archives and Records Administration requesting that the agency intervene to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from failing to maintain records related to its development of the Waters of the United States rule and chemical risk assessments. The complaint charges that the “EPA routinely allows the original versions of its internal communications and draft documents to be erased when they are edited” and does not require any “track changes” function to record either the changes or the authors. The complaint claims that "this practice violates the Federal Records Act by shielding the agency’s decision-making process from outside review and retaining only the final version of key documents.”