Christopher Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), said the EPA's actions are akin to the IRS targeting of conservative groups.
"We have seen many cases where the EPA shows favoritism to those groups it agrees with. The EPA waives fees for environmental groups requesting information through FOIA, but does not for [the CEI]. They have their friends and they have their enemies. When the greens ask for information, they simply give it to them," Horner told Newsmax.
Horner added, "When six of the 10 [EPA] regional administrators come from environmental groups, can anyone say they are surprised? Federal agencies usually waive fees on FOIA requests by the media or public-interest groups, but we found that the EPA waived fees on 75 out of 82 FOIA requests made by environmental groups but it denied fee waivers on 14 of CEI's 15 FOIA requests."