Ethics Watch Calls for Answers and CDPHE Swiftly Complies
After learning that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDHPE) reportedly provided evasive, nonresponsive information about its enforcement of Clean Water Act standards, Ethics Watch called on the Department to provide prompt, accurate public information.
On September 16, Ethics Watch submitted an open records request to CDHPE asking for all documents reflecting a final determination by the Department finding violations of the Clean Water Act and any associated penalties. Within hours, CDHPE staff released to Ethics Watch documents detailing its enforcement and penalty history since 2004. By its record-time responsiveness to the public, CDHPE staff have demonstrated a commitment to transparency.