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Virginia Freedom of Information Act

Bill exempts some fracking chemicals from records requests

Certain chemicals pumped underground during hydraulic fracturing would be exempt from public records requests under a bill advancing in the Virginia Legislature.

A measure from Del. Roxann Robinson would allow the denial of requests under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act for information about chemicals that has been deemed a trade secret. A House subcommittee advanced the measure Thursday.

Robinson, a Republican from Chesterfield County, introduced a similar measure last year. She said Thursday it's necessary to protect the oil and gas industry and its closely held proprietary information.

But opponents said the bill could hinder...