We have a right to know!

Clean Rivers Campaign Director Jennifer Rafanan Kennedy speaks to WESA prior to the press conference this morning. (Photo by Sara Powell)

Clean Rivers Campaign Director Jennifer Rafanan Kennedy speaks to WESA prior to the press conference this morning. (Photo by Jennifer England)

Members of the Clean Rivers Campaign spent the morning delivering a Right to Know request to ALCOSAN. A Right to Know request allows citizens to request public records, similar to the federal Freedom of Information Act.

In January, ALCOSAN responded to the EPA Consent Decree with a $2.8 billion dollar plan to address combined sewer overflows in our region. With the plan, ALCOSAN asked for an 18 month extension to explore green infrastructure options.

On May 9th, the Clean Rivers Campaign sent a letter to ALCOSAN asking that they share their scope of work for the study that is going to explore our region’s green infrastructure options. (You can read the letter we submitted to ALCOSAN here.) Given the critical nature of this study, we asked for more information on the, scope as well as the bidding process. Our hope is that ALCOSAN would be open and transparent with its ratepayers about the way in which they plan to spend money in this endeavor. ALCOSAN was asked to share this information within a week of receiving the letter. With no response, the Campaign took the next step and issued a Right to Know request.

“It was thanks to the public that ALCOSAN made the request of the EPA, but now the public is being shut out of the process,” said Jennifer Rafanan Kennedy, director of the Clean Rivers Campaign. “Ratepayers are footing the bill and we deserve to know what we are paying for.”

Following a press conference, Arletta Scott Williams, Executive Director of ALCOSAN, met the campaign members outside of the ALCOSAN building and accepted the Right to Know request. (You can read the Right to Know request here.) ALCOSAN has five business days to produce the scope of work and related requested documents.

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