3750.10 Applying for access to information.

(A) Any person who seeks to review or obtain copies of information submitted to the emergency response commission or a local emergency planning committee under this chapter and rules adopted under it shall submit a written application to the information coordinator of the commission or committee in accordance with the policies and procedures in rules adopted under division (B)(2)(c) of section 3750.02 of the Revised Code. Upon submission of a completed application, the information coordinator shall provide the applicant access to or copies of the information requested, or shall perform the requested computer search and provide the applicant with the information obtained from it, in accordance with those policies and procedures, subject to the restrictions under division (B)(5) of this section on the release of information on emergency and hazardous chemical inventory forms submitted under section 3750.08 of the Revised Code that is designated as tier II information and to the restrictions on the disclosure of trade secret and confidential business information established in rules adopted under division (B)(1)(i) of section 3750.02 of the Revised Code.

(B)

(1) Upon receiving the written request of an officer or employee of the state or a political subdivision acting in his official capacity, the commission or committee shall make available to the officer or employee an emergency and hazardous chemical inventory form that contains tier II information. If the commission or committee does not have the requested inventory form containing that information, it shall request the owner or operator of the facility to submit one. The owner or operator of the facility shall submit the requested inventory form to the commission or committee within thirty days after receiving the request to submit it. Upon receipt of the requested inventory form, the commission or committee shall provide it to the public officer or employee who requested it, subject to the restrictions on the disclosure of trade secret and confidential business information established in rules adopted under division (B)(1)(i) of section 3750.02 of the Revised Code.

(2) Upon receiving an application from any person to review or obtain a copy of an emergency and hazardous chemical inventory form containing tier II information that is in the possession of the commission or committee, the commission or committee shall provide the applicant access to review the form or obtain a copy of it in accordance with the policies and procedures established in rules adopted under division (B)(2)(c) of section 3750.02 of the Revised Code, subject to the restrictions under division (B)(5) of this section on the release of information on emergency and hazardous chemical inventory forms designated as tier II information and to the restrictions on the disclosure of trade secret and confidential business information established in rules adopted under division (B)(1)(i) of section 3750.02 of the Revised Code.

(3) If the commission or committee does not have the requested inventory form containing tier II information and if the requested inventory form pertains to a hazardous chemical that was present at the facility in an amount equal to or exceeding ten thousand pounds at any time during the preceding calendar year, the commission or committee shall request the owner or operator of the facility to submit an emergency and hazardous chemical inventory form containing tier II information regarding the hazardous chemical. The owner or operator of the facility shall submit the requested inventory form to the commission or committee within thirty days after receiving the request to submit it. Upon receiving the requested inventory form, the commission or committee shall provide access to review it or a copy of it to the applicant in accordance with the policies and procedures established in rules adopted under division (B)(2)(c) of section 3750.02 of the Revised Code, subject to the restrictions under division (B)(5) of this section on the release of information on emergency and hazardous chemical inventory forms designated as tier II information and to the restrictions on the disclosure of trade secret and confidential business information established in rules adopted under division (B)(1)(i) of section 3750.02 of the Revised Code.

(4) If the commission or committee does not have the requested inventory form containing tier II information and if the requested inventory form pertains to a hazardous chemical that was present at the facility in an amount less than ten thousand pounds at any time during the preceding calendar year, the person's application for access to review or obtain a copy of the inventory form shall contain the person's statement of general need for the information, in addition to the other information required on the application form. If the commission or committee finds that the applicant's statement of general need for the information constitutes a valid need for it under rules adopted pursuant to division (B)(1)(g) of section 3750.02 of the Revised Code, the commission or committee shall request the owner or operator of the facility to submit an inventory form that contains tier II information pertaining to the hazardous chemical. The owner or operator of the facility shall submit the requested inventory form to the commission or committee within thirty days after receiving the request to submit it. Upon receiving the requested inventory form, the commission or committee shall provide access to review it or a copy of it to the applicant in accordance with the policies and procedures established in rules adopted under division (B)(2)(c) of section 3750.02 of the Revised Code, subject to the restrictions on the release of tier II information in division (B)(5) of this section and to the restrictions on the disclosure of trade secret and confidential business information established in rules adopted under division (B)(1)(i) of section 3750.02 of the Revised Code.

(5) The owner or operator of a facility may request in writing that the storage location of a hazardous chemical at a facility provided on an emergency and hazardous chemical inventory form containing tier II information submitted under this section or section 3750.08 of the Revised Code not be disclosed to any person who is not an officer or employee of the state or a political subdivision acting in his official capacity. If the owner or operator of a facility has submitted such a request to the commission or a committee, the commission or committee shall not disclose information concerning the specific storage location of the hazardous chemical at the facility to any person who is not an officer or employee of the state or a political subdivision acting in his official capacity.

(C) No owner or operator of a facility where a hazardous chemical is stored, handled, or processed in an amount that exceeds the threshold quantity for the hazardous chemical established in rules adopted under division (B)(1)(b) or (C)(5) of section 3750.02 of the Revised Code shall fail to submit an emergency and hazardous chemical inventory form containing tier II information in compliance with division (A) or (B) of this section when requested to do so under either of those divisions.

Effective Date: 12-14-1988