Department of Public Service

Policy On Maps And Other Critical Infrastructure Information



Maps, or other records, depicting the placement of utility facilities constituting critical infrastructure information, are subject to the following policy established by the Secretary and the Records Access Officer (RAO). A request for access to such records received preferably in electronic form by the Secretary or RAO will be reviewed to ascertain whether the request relates to information or data concerning a proposed facility and whether such record, and/or such request, was filed before a final decision has been made in a proceeding to consider an application for:
  • a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need under Public Service Law Article VII, VIII or X;
  • a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity; or
  • a Certificate of Confirmation.
  • approval of Long Range Plans.
  • approval of Emergency Plans.

If so, the request will be forwarded to Central Operations, which will maintain a record of all such requests. Copies of such information will be provided by Central Operations either via email or, for a fee of $4.00 per disc, on Compact Disc. Central Operations will not honor requests for hard copies of such information or data. All requests received must be accompanied by a justification. 

Exception:

Maps, schematics, drawings or other information of such character or in such detail as to present a potential threat to the public safety, or to the life of any person(s), or that is the subject of an investigation within the Public Service Commission or other government entity, will not be released to the public. The determination that a record meets criteria warranting such precautions will be made by the RAO.

Records subject to this policy exception will be considered to be unavailable to the public throughout the course of a case or proceeding, until the appeal term expires (30 days from issuance of an order in the case of appeals to the Commission; four months from the issuance date for appeals to the Appellate Division). Thereafter, the RAO will consider whether records may be subject to this exception on a case-specific basis.

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