2013 New Jersey DEP Open Public Records Act (OPRA) Log

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection of New Jersey.
Tracking # 156035
Status
Rejected

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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Open Public Records Act ("OPRA"), I hereby request the following records:

• The log of all OPRA requests made to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection during the year 2013.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 25, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: DEP records

Mr. Lipton,
The original response to your request was issued on March 31, 2014. I have attached the response for you here to this email. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

State of New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Record Access
Mail Code 401-06Q
PO Box 420
Trenton, New Jersey 08625

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello,

Yesterday, the case Scheeler v. Office of the Governor, et. al. was settled in Mercer County Superior Court. The case was in regards to the denials of release of OPRA logs by New Jersey state agencies (as occurred with this request), and the court ruled in favor of the release of the records. (For reports regarding this ruling please see: https://www.aclu-nj.org/news/2014/07/21/judge-orders-christie-administration-release-records ; http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/ap/new-jersey-judge-to-decide-if-opra-requests-are-public/article_e155754c-10c0-11e4-955f-001a4bcf887a.html?utm_content=buffer157e5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer).

As indicated by this ruling, the denial of release of the OPRA log is unwarranted, and I would appreciate a reevaluation of the DEP's holdings and release of responsive requested material before any further undue inconvenience is incurred.

Thank you so much for your time and help,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

From: Matt Coefer

Mr. Lipton:

The Department is currently revisiting your request based on the cited decision and will respond to your email within 7 to 10 days.

Matthew J. Coefer, Chief Records Custodian
NJDEP – Office of Record Access
(609) 633-1339

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Mr. Coefer,

Thank you so much for your response. I look forward to hearing from you again.

All the best,
Beryl C.D. Lipton

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 25, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #156035.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 25, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #156035.

Thank you for your help.

From: Matt Coefer

Mr. Lipton:

The response to your OPRA request, dated June 30, 2014, fully explained the reasons why the request was denied. The request for disclosure of OPRA requests will continue to be denied, pending resolution of the "Scheeler" litigation.

Matthew J. Coefer, Chief Records Custodian
NJDEP – Office of Record Access
(609) 633-1339

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