Documents requested by TR through a formal records request concerning the operations of sewer lift stations during a storm has been labeled confidential by City officials.
During Hurricane Hermine power outages led to more than 1.6 million gallons of sewage spilling in Tallahassee. Based on media reports, the outage left all of the city’s 102 pump stations powerless. This resulted in sewage being dumped on the ground and into ditches near Springhill Road.
A number of people are asking questions.
For example, the Wakulla Springs Alliance is asking why did it take so long for the spill to be reported and if the back-up generators were tested before Hermine hit.
TR submitted a request that sought “documents that describe emergency procedures to keep sewer lift stations operating during a power outage.”
The City chose not to fulfill the request and declared the documents were deemed “confidential” by state law.
The City’s response is below:
Please see below regarding the request for” documents that describe emergency procedures to keep sewer lift stations operating during power a outage”
The requested records are declare confidential by state law, 119.071(3)(a)
(a) 1. As used in this paragraph, the term “security system plan” includes all:
- Records, information, photographs, audio and visual presentations, schematic diagrams, surveys, recommendations, or consultations or portions thereof relating directly to the physical security of the facility or revealing security systems;
- Threat assessments conducted by any agency or any private entity;
- Threat response plans;
- Emergency evacuation plans;
- Sheltering arrangements; or
- Manuals for security personnel, emergency equipment, or security training.
- A security system plan or portion thereof for:
- Any property owned by or leased to the state or any of its political subdivisions; or
- Any privately owned or leased property
held by an agency is confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution. This exemption is remedial in nature, and it is the intent of the Legislature that this exemption apply to security system plans held by an agency before, on, or after the effective date of this paragraph.