Judge upholds Attorney General Office withholding of document on Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative withdrawal

Dec 5, 2022 | News

A circuit court judge is upholding the attorney general’s withholding of a document that purportedly claims it’s not the Youngkin administration’s purview to remove Virginia from a multi-state carbon market.

During an April 20 meeting of the State Air Pollution Control Board, member Hope Cupit said she “received an opinion from the attorney general’s office back in March saying that [removing Virginia from RGGI] is not the responsibility of the board, that it’s the responsibility of the General Assembly.”

Environmental group Appalachian Voices then filed an unsuccessful Freedom of Information Act request, and later an August lawsuit to obtain the document. On Nov. 30, Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Richard Moore upheld the withholding of the document.

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