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FOIL Appeal Determination for 05-09-0A (William J. Weber)

November 7, 2005

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Assistant Commissioner
Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, 14th Floor
625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-1550
Phone: (518) 402-8537 FAX: (518) 402-9037
Website: www.dec.state.ny.us

November 7, 2005

Mr. William J. Weber, P.E.
MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc.
511 Congress Street (PO Box 7050)
Portland Maine 04112-7050

Re: Freedom of Information Law Appeal No. 05-09-0A

Dear Mr. Weber:

As you were advised by letter dated August 9, 2005, the law firm of Young, Sommer . . . LLC, on behalf of Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure of New York, PC ("Shaw"), had, pursuant to the New York State Freedom of Information Law ("FOIL"), submitted a request for, among other things, copies of the responses to the Request for Proposal for the Procurement of Standby Consulting Engineering Services for Investigation and Design, October 19, 2004 (Contract Nos. D004440-D004446) and to the Request for Proposal for the Procurement of Standby Consulting Engineering Services for Design and Construction, October 19, 2004 (Contract Nos. D004433-D004439) issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ("Department").

Your company submitted responses to each Request for Proposal and requested that the Department consider portions of your responses to be "business confidential" and "trade secrets." By letter dated August 30, 2005, you provided details setting forth the specific sections in your company's responses that you maintained should be treated as business confidential or trade secrets and the reasons therefor.

I have been advised by Department attorney Meta R. Murray that Shaw no longer wishes to pursue its request to inspect your company's responses to the Requests for Proposal. Accordingly, the Department's review of your company's responses to determine whether and to what extent the business confidential and trade secret exemptions apply has been discontinued. We have advised the Department's Division of Environmental Remediation that, if Shaw should reinstate its request for access to your company's responses or some other requestor requests access to your company's responses pursuant to FOIL, the review of your responses in light of the FOIL exemptions for business confidential and trade secrets will need to be resumed.

If you have any questions, please contact me at (518) 402-8537.

Very truly yours,


/s/
Louis A. Alexander
Assistant Commissioner

cc: Meta R. Murray, Esq.
James Seaman, Esq.
Ruth Earl, Records Access Officer

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