DTSC - Hormesis

Frank Matt filed this request with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control of California.


From: Frank Matt

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250), I hereby request the following records:

I request all documents, reports, and correspondence—including emails, written and electronic communication—related to or mentioning "hormesis."

Date range for this request: January, 2010 to the present.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Frank Matt

From: California Department of Toxic Substances Control

October 30, 2017

Frank Matt
DEPT MR 44744
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144-2516


Dear Mr. Matt:

On October 18, 2017, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) received your letter dated October 18, 2017 requesting records under the Public Records Act. DTSC is in the process of gathering and reviewing the requested records. The records are voluminous and may be located in different offices of DTSC.

Some of the records may be exempt from disclosure under the Public Records Act because they may be identified as follows: (1) preliminary drafts or notes (Government Code sections 6254(a)); (2) records pertaining to pending litigation (Government Code section 6254(b)); (3) personnel, medical, personal or private information (Government Code sections 6254(c), 6254(k), 6254.3; Civil Code section 1798, et seq.); (4) records pertaining to complaints or investigations or identification of confidential informant (Government Code section 6254(f)); (5) records covered by the attorney-client privilege (Government Code section 6254(k); Evidence Code section 954); (6) records covered by the attorney work product privilege (Government Code section 6254(k); Code of Civil Procedure section 2018.030); (7) records covered by the deliberative process privilege (Government Code sections 6254(k), 6255; Times Mirror Company v. Superior Court (1991) 53 Cal. 3d 1325); (8) records covered by the official information privilege (Government Code section 6254(k); Evidence Code section1040); and/or (9) records containing confidential business information or trade secrets (Government Code section 6254(k); California Code of Regulations, title 22, section 66260.2; Evidence Code section 1060; Health and Safety Code sections 25173, 25185(d), 25358.2).

DTSC will notify you by November 17, 2017 regarding when the disclosable records will be available for your review and copying. At that time, DTSC will also notify you of the reasons why some of the records are being withheld from disclosure under the Public Records Act.

Daniel Knight
Office of Legal Affairs
Department of Toxic Substances Control

From: Frank Matt

Hi, Daniel.

Thank you very much for your time and attention to this request.

I realize I failed to include important language in my request identifying myself as a member of the news media. I am a reporter whose work has been published with McClatchy Newspapers, MuckRock, Al Jazeera English, and The Investigative Fund. This request is being made for the purposes of newsgathering for a project with The Investigative Fund.

Based on your initial response indicating that the records I requested would be voluminous, I reconsidered the breadth of the request. If it is less burdensome for the DTSC, you can limit my request to a single office: The Santa Susana Field Laboratory Project.

Please don't hesitate to reach out if my request needs further clarification.

Frank Matt

From: California Department of Toxic Substances Control

Hello Mr. Matt,

Thank you for the clarification. This gives us a direction to focus our searches.

Daniel Knight
Headquarters Public Records Act Coordinator
Department of Toxic Substances Control
1001 I Street, Floor 23
Sacramento, California 95814-2828

From: California Department of Toxic Substances Control

A copy of documents responsive to the request.