Well, happy Sunshine Week to the folks at the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Three days after we asked for it, OSHA has coughed up the “notice of contest” filed by Bayer CropScience to challenge the citations and fines issued following the August explosion that killed two workers at the company’s Institute plant.
The letter is posted here. It really doesn’t say much, and it’s only two pages long — well, one page, really. It bumps over to the second page only so Bayer’s high-powered lawyer, Robert Gombar, can copy some folks on the notice.
It’s nice to know someone at OSHA has a copy of the federal Freedom of Information Act.
Or maybe the U.S. Department of Labor got Attorney General Eric Holder’s new memo directing all executive branch departments and agencies to administer Freedom of Information Act requests with a presumption of openness. Holder’s memo overrides the Ashcroft memo, so-named for the former attorney general who gave agencies more leeway to deny FOIA requests.
“By restoring the presumption of disclosure that is at the heart of the Freedom of Information Act, we are making a critical change that will restore the publicâ€™s ability to access information in a timely manner,” Holder said. “The American people have the right to information about their governmentâ€™s activities, and these new guidelines will ensure they are able to obtain that information under principles of openness and transparency.”