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December 17, 1999

Mr. Paul C. Sarahan
Litigation Division
Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission
P.O. Box 13087
Austin, Texas 78711-3087


Dear Mr. Sarahan:

You ask this office to examine Open Records Letter No. 99-3337 (1999) because you believe that third parties affected by the original request for information have not been afforded the proper notice required by section 552.305 of the Government Code. Gov't Code 552.305(d). Your request was assigned ID# 131959.

Your request in this instance is invalid because the Seventy-sixth Legislature amended section 552.301 of the Public Information Act to provide that a governmental body is prohibited from asking for a reconsideration of the attorney general's decision. Gov't Code 552.301(f). Therefore, unless you file a timely challenge in district court, you must comply with Open Records Letter No. 99-3337 (1999). Gov't Code 552.324(b), .353(b)(3); see Morales v. Ellen, 840 S.W.2d 519, 523 (Tex. App.--El Paso 1992, writ denied) (language of section 552.305(b) of the Government Code is permissive and third party need not seek relief from attorney general before claiming interest in courts). If you have any questions regarding this letter, please contact our Open Government Hotline at (877) 673-6839.


Don Ballard
Assistant Attorney General
Deputy Chief, Open Records Division


Ref: ID# 131959

Encl: Submitted Documents

cc: Mr. Laurence K. Gustafson
Haynes and Boone, L.L.P.
901 Main Street, Suite 3100
Dallas, Texas 75202-3789
(w/o enclosures)

Mr. Hermie L. Bundick
Plant Manager
Aromatics and Olefins Plant
Huntsman Petrochemical Corporation
P.O. Box 968
Port Arthur, Texas 77640
(w/o enclosures)

Mr. Scott W. Collins
Senior Environmental Consultant
E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.
P.O. Box 2626
Victoria, Texas 77902
(w/o enclosures)

Ms. Christel E. Compton
Environmental Consultant
DuPont Sabine River Works
P.O. Box 1089
Orange, Texas 77631-1089
(w/o enclosures)

Mr. Morris Carter, Jr.
Environmental, Health & Safety Manager
Clark Refining & Marketing, Inc.
P.O. Box 909
Port Arthur, Texas 77641-0909
(w/o enclosures)


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