Judge Tosses FOIA Demand on Trade Center


RYAN ABBOTT
Courthouse News Service
April 11, 2011

A federal judge says a complainant has no right to raw data that the National Institute of Standards and Technology used to model the collapse of one of the World Trade Centers.

Michael Quick’s original 2009 complaint does not say why he wants the information, only that he “sent a FOIA request to the United States Department of Commerce, seeking agency records pertaining to the raw data used for simulation models produced by the agency concerning the collapse of the World Trade Center Building 7 that occurred in New York City on September 11, 2001.”

Quick says he paid the agency $824.98 for search and duplication work. But he says the NIST, an agency of the Department of Commerce agency, withheld raw data used in “architectural and engineering modeling of the collapse of World Trade Center 7.”

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