The Pa. Public Utility Commission Can't Keep Secrets

Law360, New York (December 11, 2013, 2:44 PM EST) -- What protection do public utilities have against public disclosure of documents relating to the settlement of investigations launched by Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement (I&E) staff of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission?

Participants in PUC proceedings generally view the discussions and materials reviewed during settlement negotiations to be private, if not confidential. However, according to the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records, the Public Utility Code and the Right-to-Know Law afford only limited protection to documents in the possession of the PUC relating to settlements reached between a public utility and the PUC's bureaus.

The OOR recently directed the PUC to release...

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