Bureau of Air Forms data on startups, shutdowns and malfunctions

Dillon Bergin filed this request with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency of Illinois.
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122534

Est. Completion Aug. 16, 2022
Status
Fix Required

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From: Dillon Bergin

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act., I hereby request the following records:

Raw data - in a machine-readable database or spreadsheet format such as Excel, CSV, Access, SQL or XML - pertaining to air pollution "startups, shutdowns and malfunctions" that facilities are required to report to the Bureau of Air Forms as part of the Illinois EPA Annual Emission Report.

The data should include all fields in the database or spreadsheets that contain non-exempt information, including but no limited to all fields in the example for provided by the Illinois EPA website and submitted with this request. I also request all documentation that describes the layout of the database’s tables and fields, and that provides the definitions of any field names, codes, and abbreviations used in the database. This information may be gathered together in a single document like a data dictionary, entity layout, or user's guide. If that is the case, I request access to and copy of said document.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Dillon Bergin

From: Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Good morning

The Agency is working on the FOIA request below that you submitted last week but do need some additional information.

What is the date range for the information below (are you looking for the most recent year, the past 3 years, etc)?

Also, the Agency doesn’t maintain this information in a “raw data” format. Any information we provide would be the form/page that the entity submitted. Please let me know if this is acceptable and that you would still like to receive the information in that format.

Thank you
Sharon

From: Dillon Bergin

Hi Sharon,

Thanks for your help on this! I appreciate it.

As for the format that the data is in, the form/page that the entity submitted is exactly what I'm looking for. I just wanted to be clear that I was requesting the original document.

As for dates, would from January 1st, 2019 to the date this request is fulfilled be tenable? I don't want to immediately request document set that is too large, but I think that having a year pre-pandemic along with the most the most recent years would be very helpful.

My best,
Dillon

From: Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Thank you for the clarification.

We will work on locating these documents
Sharon

From: Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

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August 2, 2022
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Attn: Mr. Dillon Bergin
263 Huntington Ave
Dept MR 131935
Boston, MA 02115
Re: Freedom of Information Act Request - 122534
Dear Mr. Bergin:
This letter is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 ILCS 140/1 et seq.)
request dated July 26, 2022 and received by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) on July 26, 2022.

Please be advised that the Illinois EPA is unable to respond to your request within five (5) business days and is extending the response time by an additional five (5) business days pursuant to the Illinois FOIA at 5 ILCS 140/3(e). The reason for the delay is as follows:

(iv) the requested records have not been located in the course of a routine search and additional efforts are being made to locate them;

Sincerely,
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Anwar Johnson
Illinois EPA FOIA Officer
217.558.5101
http://www.epa.illinois.gov/foia/index

State of Illinois - CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: The information contained in this communication is confidential, may be attorney-client privileged or attorney work product, may constitute inside information or internal deliberative staff communication, and is intended only for the use of the addressee. Unauthorized use, disclosure or copying of this communication or any part thereof is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender immediately by return e-mail and destroy this communication and all copies thereof, including all attachments. Receipt by an unintended recipient does not waive attorney-client privilege, attorney work product privilege, or any other exemption from disclosure.

From: Dillon Bergin

Hi Sharon and Anwar,

Sounds good. Thank you again.

My best,
Dillon

From: Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Good afternoon

The Agency has been working to identify responsive documents for the portion of your request: "Raw data - in a machine-readable database or spreadsheet format such as Excel, CSV, Access, SQL or XML - pertaining to air pollution "startups, shutdowns and malfunctions" that facilities are required to report to the Bureau of Air Forms as part of the Illinois EPA Annual Emission Report. "

The search is not a simple database query. Would you be agreeable to granting the Agency additional time to provide our response? We expect to be able to reply on or before August 16, 2022 (5 additional working days).

Please let me know if this extension is acceptable.

Thank you
Sharon

State of Illinois - CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: The information contained in this communication is confidential, may be attorney-client privileged or attorney work product, may constitute inside information or internal deliberative staff communication, and is intended only for the use of the addressee. Unauthorized use, disclosure or copying of this communication or any part thereof is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender immediately by return e-mail and destroy this communication and all copies thereof, including all attachments. Receipt by an unintended recipient does not waive attorney-client privilege, attorney work product privilege, or any other exemption from disclosure.

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