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DNREC Violated FOIA, Says Delaware Attorney General


The Delaware Attorney General says that the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control violated the Freedom of Information Act.

The office says that the agency failed to properly respond to a request for records by the Delaware Audubon Society last year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the law requires agencies to respond within 15 days by either providing the records, denying the request or asking for more time.

But the paper reports that it took nearly a year for DNREC to respond and even then only turned over three of some 13-hundred documents.

Mark Martell who filed the request on behalf of the environmental group told the paper that what they sent was “garbage”.

The request revolved around the pollution discharge permit issued for the Delaware City Refinery.

Don Rush is the News Director and Senior Producer of News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.