~ maine agency attempts to privatize public records ~

The Maine Attorney General found that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)violated the state’s public records act in refusing to release documents from meetings with the Rumford Paper Company. The agency entered into an agreement with Rumford in which the company kept all documents, as a means of circumventing release as a public record. Rumford eventually released some documents but acknowledged destroying others. The head of DEP was forced to resign.

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