Lawyers challenge Colorado Springs Utilities’ denial of open-records requests

Colorado Springs Utilities, a public entity owned by its ratepayers, has routinely denied document requests filed under the Colorado Open Records Act.

The reports sought through CORA pertain to air quality in light of emissions from the coal-burning Martin Drake Power Plant. The records withheld fall under the act's exception for "trade secrets, privileged information, and confidential commercial, financial, geological or geophysical data," said Rick Griffith, of the City Attorney's Office.

That interpretation of the law is hotly disputed, however. Continue…