Washington law, RCW 42.56, requires Ecology to promptly make available to the public identifiable records for inspection and copying upon request.
What is a Public Record?
Any writing which contains information that relates to the transaction of government business. “Writing” means all documents, including but not limited to paper records, electronic records, emails, photographs, recordings, etc. An identifiable record is defined as a record that can be reasonably located by agency staff. Only records exempt by law may be withheld from disclosure.
Instant Records Search
Still not finding what you need? You can request public records by filing a records request with our Public Records Officer. Download our Records Request Form (PDF) and return to:
What Happens When a Request is Submitted?
Within five business days of receipt of your request, Ecology will do one of the following:
Records Exempt from Public Disclosure
There are certain records that are exempt from production under the Public Records Act, RCW 42.56; however there are also other statutes that contain additional exemptions from disclosure. If records are being withheld or portions blacked out (redacted) under an exemption, you will receive a log detailing which records have been withheld/redacted, the statute that is being relied on for the exemption and a brief explanation of how the exemption applies. If you have questions regarding exemption, please contact the Public Records Officer at (360) 407-6040.
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