This story was updated at 2:37 p.m. EDT.
Prompted by concerns raised by Republican lawmakers, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is asking the Department of Justice to investigate whether environmental groups should register as agents for foreign governments.
Wheeler said in a letter today that EPA will turn to DOJ’s Foreign Agents Registration Unit given Republican lawmakers’ worries about overseas money being given to green groups.
“Given heightened concern that foreign countries, primarily China and Russia, are potentially funding U.S.-based ‘green’ groups to undermine American energy independence and to help maintain the integrity of EPA’s decision-making, EPA will refer this matter to the DOJ FARA Unit,” Wheeler said.
“The DOJ can then determine what appropriate steps to take, if any, including whether those entities should be registered as a foreign agent,” he said.
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