Suit Accuses VA Of Obstructing Investigation Into Agent Orange
ProPublica and the Virginia-Pilot have been reporting on the herbicide and its effects on veterans for the past year and half, but they say they have been met with one delay after another on their FOIA requests.
ProPublica Files Lawsuit Seeking VA Correspondence Related To Agent Orange
ProPublica and the Virginian-Pilot filed a lawsuit [Thursday] in federal court against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, accusing the agency of stonewalling requests for documents under the Freedom of Information Act. The lawsuit, ProPublica’s second against the VA in two months, seeks a preliminary injunction compelling the government to immediately release correspondence about Agent Orange, an herbicide used to kill vegetation during the Vietnam War, including documents sent to and received by Dr. David Shulkin, the VA’s undersecretary for health. Shulkin has been nominated to be VA secretary by President-elect Donald Trump. (Fields, 1/19)