4921.16 Public records; exceptions; liability.

(A) Information submitted to the public utilities commission as part of a uniform registration application, pursuant to rules adopted under division (B) of section 4921.15 of the Revised Code, is a public record and is subject to section 149.43 of the Revised Code.

(B) Except for information related to corporate structure and personnel, information that is submitted to the commission as part of a uniform permit application, pursuant to rules adopted under division (B) of section 4921.15 of the Revised Code, is a public record and is subject to section 149.43 of the Revised Code. Information that is related to corporate structure and personnel that is submitted to the commission as part of a uniform permit application, pursuant to rules adopted under division (B) of section 4921.15 of the Revised Code, is not a public record and is not subject to section 149.43 of the Revised Code. Except as provided in division (D) of this section, the commission shall not disclose to any person any information that is related to corporate structure and personnel that is submitted as part of a uniform permit application.

(C) Information that is submitted for any background investigation for an application for a uniform permit as a carrier of hazardous wastes is not a public record and is not subject to section 149.43 of the Revised Code. Except as provided in division (D) of this section, the commission shall not disclose to any person any information submitted for any background investigation for such an application.

(D) The commission may disclose to its authorized employees and to any federal agencies, state agencies of this state or another state, local government agencies of this state or another state, or the national repository established pursuant to the final report submitted to the United States secretary of transportation, pursuant to subsection (c) of section 22 of the "Hazardous Materials Transportation Uniform Safety Act of 1990," 104 Stat. 3244, 49 U.S.C.A. App. 1819, any information submitted to the commission as part of a uniform permit application that is related to corporate structure and personnel or submitted for any background investigation for an application for a uniform permit as a carrier of hazardous wastes if all of the following conditions are met:

(1) The commission enters into a confidentiality agreement with the employee, agency, or national repository under which that employee or entity agrees not to disclose to any third party any information related to corporate structure or personnel or any information submitted as part of a background investigation unless the third party enters into a confidentiality agreement with the commission consistent with this division.

(2) The employee, agency, or national repository certifies to the commission that it is not required by any state or federal law to disclose any information related to corporate structure or personnel or any information submitted as part of a background investigation.

(3) The federal agency, state or local government agency of another state, or national repository irrevocably consents in writing to the jurisdiction of the courts of this state and service of process in this state, including, without limitation, summonses and subpoenas, for any civil proceeding arising out of an intentional disclosure of information in violation of this division.

(E) Any person who intentionally discloses information in violation of division (D) of this section is liable to the owner of the information for civil damages caused by the disclosure.

Cite as R.C. § 4921.16

History. Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 6/11/2012.