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FIA-13-0028 - In the Matter of WyoFile

On May 23, 2013, the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) issued a decision denying an appeal (Appeal) from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) determination issued by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).  The Appellant appealed the NETL’s decision to apply Exemption 7(a) to withhold the requested documents regarding stimulus grants that were awarded to the North American Power Group.  OHA determined that the NETL sufficiently invoked exemption 7(a) as the withheld information pertained to ongoing law enforcement investigations involving the Inspector General’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and that accordingly, release of the information would cause foreseeable harm to the pending investigations.  Thus, OHA denied the Appeal.