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Marion, Hillsboro accused of violating secrecy laws in atrazine case

[ 0 ] April 15, 2009 |

From Peabody Gazette-Bulletin:

The Cities of Marion and Hillsboro are being taken to task by the Kansas Corn Growers and Grain Sorghum Producers Associations regarding legal action over alleged atrazine pollution.

Executive Director Jere White formally asked Marion County Attorney Susan Robson on Monday to investigate alleged violations of the state’s open records and open meetings laws by the two cities.

The two city councils met jointly in closed session last month to discuss whether to enter into a lawsuit against the manufacturers of atrazine, a herbicide used by corn and grain sorghum farmers.

White asked city officials for copies of any material related to health effects of atrazine that might have been provided to the two councils.

According to a news release from the associations, White made a formal request to Larry Paine, city administrator of Hillsboro.

White claims Paine did not respond to the request but did respond to an earlier, informal request by saying that the documents had been reviewed in closed session and therefore were protected by attorney-client privilege.

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