FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sheridan Brown
Local Attorney Will File Petition in Superior Court Tuesday to Force Compliance with State’s Right to Know Law
Grantham, NH – (10/19) In early August, following reports that Gov. Chris Sununu had been having secret meetings with Trump administration environmental officials, Grantham attorney Sheridan Brown sought further information from the state’s lead natural resources protection agency. The agency has provided none.
Brown sent a Right to Know request to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) on August 10 seeking a correspondence between the agency and Sununu that might shed some light on whether Sununu consulted the state’s environmental experts ahead of his meetings or after.
Two months later, and after NHDES initially acknowledged the request and provided a September date for its completion, Brown is still getting stonewalled.
He has informed NHDES that he will petition the Merrimack County Superior Court for injunctive relief on Tuesday, Oct. 19 to force the agency’s compliance with New Hampshire law providing public access to, among other things, “information created, accepted, or obtained by… any public agency in furtherance of its official function.”
Brown’s letter to NHDES expresses appreciation for the agency’s work, but also voices concerns that parties outside NHDES may be interfering with the timely completion of the Right to Know request because it seeks information about the Governor’s work ahead of an election.
Today’s letter to NHDES and the original Right to Know request can be viewed here.