(A) Except as provided in division (B) of this section, any records, reports, or information obtained under this chapter shall be available for public inspection, except that upon a showing satisfactory to the director of environmental protection by any person that such records, reports, or information, or any particular part thereof, other than emission data, to which the director has access under this chapter, if made public, would divulge methods or processes entitled to protection as trade secrets of that person, the director shall consider the record, report, or information or particular portion thereof confidential, except that the record, report, or information may be disclosed when necessary to sustain an action brought pursuant to section 3704.06 of the Revised Code or during an adjudication hearing conducted by the director on the denial, modification, or revocation of a variance or permit.
(B) To the extent consistent with the federal Clean Air Act, any records, reports, or information, other than emissions data, obtained by those public officials acting under section 3704.18, 3704.19, or 3706.19 of the Revised Code pursuant to the small business stationary source technical and environmental compliance assistance program created under section 3704.18 of the Revised Code shall be held confidential by those public officials. Any records, reports, or information obtained by the director or his agents who are not acting under section 3704.18, 3704.19, or 3706.19 of the Revised Code shall not be held confidential unless they have been granted confidentiality under division (A) of this section.
(C) Nothing in division (A) or (B) of this section shall be construed to prevent the director from compiling or publishing analyses or summaries relating to the general condition of the atmosphere, provided that the reports do not reveal any information otherwise confidential under this section.
Effective Date: 07-22-1994