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Tue 7:34pm: Court orders public records release in Patriot Water case

December 3, 2013
By BRENDA J. LINERT , Tribune Chronicle |

WARREN A court of appeals has sided with the attorney for a local water treatment company and the city of Warren in an ongoing legal fight to secure public records from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

In a decision issued last week, the Tenth District Court of Appeals in Columbus overruled a May magistrate's opinion and ordered ODNR to turn over documents including emails and other records requested more than two years ago.

The records had been requested by attorney April Bott for use in separate litigation by her clients Patriot Water Treatment of Warren and Warren city, which are challenging changes by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency that effectively led to the shutdown of Patriot Water's Warren operations.

While ODNR had turned over some of the requested documents, Bott presented evidence that some records had been withheld. Later, more of the requested documents were sent to Bott.

Some of the withheld records included some email and other electronic documents. According to testimony contained in the court filing, some documents were stored on personal computers of former ODNR employees, and those documents had not been retrieved. Other deleted emails, still retrievable, also had not been turned over.

Read more about this story in the Wednesday Business section of the Tribune Chronicle.



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