16 USC 5937: Plant locations & names of rare endangered species

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This project uses data compiled by the Sunshine in Government initiative, a coalition of journalism and transparency groups. SGI compiled data from federal agency annual FOIA reports to track how often b(3) exemptions were used. SGI also standardized the exemptions since some agencies used slightly different citations of the same laws. In some cases, agencies listed general laws without specifying a section under which information was withheld. This project does not include information from agencies that use no b(3) exemptions in 2008 or 2009. ProPublica compiled information about FOIA denials.

Department Claims
Dept. of Interior 6.0
                         TITLE 16--CONSERVATION
Sec. 5937. Confidentiality of information Information concerning the nature and specific location of a National Park System resource which is endangered, threatened, rare, or commercially valuable, of mineral or paleontological objects within units of the National Park System, or of objects of cultural patrimony within units of the National Park System, may be withheld from the public in re sponse to a request under section 552 of title 5, unless the Secretary determines that-- (1) disclosure of the information would further the purposes of the unit of the National Park System in which the resource or object is located and would not create an unreasonable risk of harm, theft, or destruction of the resource or object, including individual organic or inorganic specimens; and (2) disclosure is consistent with other applicable laws protecting the resource or object. (Pub. L. 105-391, title II, Sec. 207, Nov. 13, 1998, 112 Stat. 3501.)