Deer Island

Caitlin Russell filed this request with the Department of Environmental Protection of Massachusetts.
Est. Completion July 10, 2017


From: Caitlin Russell

To Whom It May Concern:

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

-All inspections reports and environmental assessments conducted for Deer Island Wastewater Treatment Facility.

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, 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 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 business days, as the statute requires.


Caitlin Russell

From: Coletta, Edmund (DEP)

Hi Caitlin,
This is a response from MassDEP to confirm that we have received your Public Records request below and are now working to determine what records that we have that might be responsive to your request. In your e-mail, you do not specify a timeframe for which to search for records… I would suggest that that we search back, for example, two years, five years or up to 10 years for the records you seek. Please let me know what timeframe will meet your needs or call me (617-292-5737) so that we can discuss this issue further.

Thank you,
Ed Coletta

From: Coletta, Edmund (DEP)

Hi Caitlin,
Just providing an update to you on your recent Public Records request … MassDEP continues to search for records that are responsive to your request, but we will need a few more days to respond to your request, so I’m providing you notice to that effect.

Also, we are able to provide records free-of-charge for the last five years and pertaining to the MassDEP inspection reports and MassDEP environmental assessments conducted for the Deer Island Wastewater Treatment Facility. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this issue…

Thank you,
Ed Coletta

From: Coletta, Edmund (DEP)

Hi Caitlin,
Attached is a production letter, which is a partial response to your most-recent public records request, and also a notice that MassDEP will require more time to fully respond to your request. Let me know if you have any questions regarding this information.

Thank you,

Edmund J. Coletta Jr.
Press Secretary
Director - Office of Public Affairs
Mass. Department of Environmental Protection

Phone: 617-292-5737

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From: Delaplain, Kathleen (DEP)

Hi Caitlin, please see our attached production letter, in response to your recent request. As the responsive information is too much to attach, we are placing a CD in today's regular mail over at South Station. If you have any questions, please contact Ed Coletta at (617) 292-5737. Thank you.