Database of lead poisoning cases

Joshua Eaton filed this request with the Department of Public Health of Massachusetts.
Tracking # CO16-253
Status
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From: Joshua Eaton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

The database or spread sheet of lead poisoning cases reported to the Lead Poisoning Control Director between Jan. 1, 2007, and the date your office processes this request, inclusive. (Under Massachusetts law, "[a]ny examining physician, hospital, public health nurse or other diagnosing person or agency shall report to the director the existence and circumstances of each case of lead poisoning known to them and not previously reported. Such reports shall be made on forms prescribed by the director, and shall be submitted not later than three days after said person or agency first diagnoses or is informed of such case." See G.L. 111 § 191.)

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

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 email 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.

Sincerely,
Joshua Eaton

From: RAO, DPH (DPH)

Dear Mr. Eaton,
Thank you for contacting the Department of Public Health. We have received your public records request and I have forwarded it to our Bureau of Environmental Health.
Sincerely,
Helen

Helen Rush-Lloyd
Records Access Officer
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108
Helen.Rush-Lloyd@state.ma.us<mailto:Helen.Rush-Lloyd@state.ma.us>
Office: 617-624-5223
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From: Department of Public Health

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Wagner, Carolyn (DPH)

Dear Mr. Eaton,

Please find attached our response to your public record request regarding database of lead poisoning cases.

2 PDFs attached
Eaton_Joshua_CO16-253_BEH_response_letter.pdf
950_CMR_32_08_(SPR_Appeals).pdf
Best regards,

Carolyn C. Wagner
Office Manager
Bureau of Environmental Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington St. Boston MA 02108
Carolyn.Wagner@MassMail.State.MA.US
P: 617.624.5757 | F: 617.624.5777

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