OIP denies PRM administrative appeal on NDAA memos

On February 7, 2014, Public Record Media received a letter from the Justice Department’s Office of Information Policy (OIP) regarding one of its pending administrative appeals.  In its letter, OIP stated that a 2013 decision by the Office of Legal Counsel to withhold legal memos about the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012 was […]

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PRM presentation at AAAS annual meeting

On February 15, Public Record Media will present a talk on overcoming challenges to public records access at the 2014 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. PRM executive director Matt Ehling will speak on a panel entitled “Data Availability:  Making Sure the Gift Keeps Giving.”  Other presenters include David Reitze of […]

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List of mining documents inspected at Minnesota DNR

In November of 2013, PRM made public record requests from six state and federal agencies relating to ongoing or proposed mining operations in northern Minnesota, including the proposed “NorthMet” copper-sulfide mine.  Our requests sought correspondence between various regulatory agencies and the mining companies that they oversee. Document production begins Within recent weeks, we have started […]

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PolyMet/NorthMet public comment hearing held in Duluth

An estimated 1300-1500 people were in attendance in Duluth on January 16 for the first of three state public hearings on the PolyMet company’s proposed NorthMet mine near Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota. Representatives from the Minnesota DNR, the US Forest Service, and the US Army Corps of Engineers were in attendance. The audience also included current […]

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Minnesota mining document update

During the past few weeks, Public Record Media has received thousands of pages of mining documents from a variety of state and federal agencies.  The document releases have occurred in response to several public record requests filed by PRM in November of 2013.  Those requests sought correspondence between regulatory agencies and mining companies related to […]

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BCA releases additional details on drone use

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has responded to a PRM data practices request related to that agency’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Information previously obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Minnesota Public Radio indicated that the BCA had utilized federal UAVs for a number of Minnesota law enforcement missions.  The UAVs were […]

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DNR announces web page for mining lease proposals

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced the launch of a web page to house documents related to mining lease proposals.  Proposals posted at the site relate to non-ferrous, metallic minerals.  Registered users of the portal will receive notifications about new proposals as they are received by the State. Background On October 25, […]

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