Paper tug of war between Congress, EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency, which has been under fire by members of Congress pushing the agency to release documents supporting its decision to deny California’s request to implement tougher greenhouse gas emission standards, is pushing back with a document request of its own.

In a letter to congress last week, EPA Associate Administrator Christopher Bliley asked for transcripts of closed-door interviews with seven EPA officials regarding the agency’s efforts to regulate carbon dioxide emissions – an unusual move for an Executive Branch agency under fire by Congress.

Friday, the same day Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. sent a subpoena to the agency seeking almost 200 documents, Bliley wrote Waxman a letter asking for the transcripts.

The angency “has an interest in ensuring that the information provided … by agency employees in their official capacity is accurate and complete,” Bliley wrote.

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