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November 2, 2017 | Legal Document

Legal Document: Earthjustice Files Lawsuit against Federal Agencies for Withholding Information on National Monuments from the Public

Plaintiffs bring this case to remedy violations of the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C. § 552, by the United States Department of the Interior, United States Bureau of Land Management, and Council on Environmental Quality (collectively, “Defendants”). The violations arise out of Defendants’ continuing failure to respond to a series of FOIA requests Plaintiffs submitted for records related to the administration’s ongoing review of existing national monuments designated over the past twenty-one years pursuant to the 1906 Antiquities Act, 54 U.S.C. §§ 320301–320303. President Donald Trump mandated the review and required Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to provide recommendations about any action the President (among others) should take concerning the monuments, after elected officials in Utah urged him to reverse monument designations in that state. See Executive Order 13792, Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act, 82 Fed. Reg. 20429, 20429-31 (Apr. 26, 2017).

November 2, 2017 | Legal Document

Seven FOIA Requests Related to National Monuments Review

Earthjustice is representing the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., The Wilderness Society, Grand Canyon Trust, Sierra Club, and Great Old Broads for Wilderness in a lawsuit to compel the agencies to respond to these seven Freedom of Information Act requests, most of which have been overdue for months. The complaint alleges that the agencies have failed to meet their response deadlines under the Act and have repeatedly rejected or ignored these organizations’ inquiries on their requests’ status.

September 12, 2017 | Feature

In Conversation: National Monuments Under Threat

Earthjustice attorneys and policy staff discuss the Antiquities Act, national monuments, and the threats to these special protected public lands from the Trump administration.