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February 27, 2017

Newly-Confirmed EPA Administrator Pledges To End “Sue And Settle”

In an interview earlier this month with The Wall Street Journal, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, announced that he intends to end the “sue and settle” process by which special interest groups sue federal agencies seeking to compel them to immediately settle behind closed doors, within the agency. 

Administrator Pruitt told The Journal, “There is a time and place to sometimes resolve litigation…but don’t use the judicial process to bypass accountability.” Administrator Pruitt also argued, “We need to end this practice of issuing guidance, to get around the rule-making procedure. Or rushing things through, playing games on the timing.” 

The Metals Service Center Institute opposes “sue and settle” and urges Administrator Pruitt to follow through on his intentions. This announcement is the step in the right direction to ensure transparency within government agencies as explained in my recent blog post. Congress also should permanently end “sue and settle” through legislation.