|Submitted||Jan. 17, 2017|
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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 records or incident reports documenting leaks at gasoline service stations, including but not limited to those of underground storage tanks
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 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.
Beryl C.D. Lipton
January 23, 2017
(response via email)
Re: Public Records Request - January 17, 2017 email
Dear Ms. Lipton:
The following is in response to your public records request dated and received by this office on January 17, 2017 related to:
All records or incident reports documenting leaks at gasoline service stations, including but not limited to those of underground storage tanks.
MassDEP does not maintain a separate list of releases at gasoline stations. However, the Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup maintains a database that is available online containing information about all regulated Waste Site Cleanup notifications, including address, status, and the individual Release Tracking Number (RTN) assigned for each site. The database may be found on our webpage at: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/cleanup/sites/downloadable-site-lists.html.
Once downloaded, a list of sites (identified by RTNs) relevant to your request may be generated by searching the database by LOCATION (e.g., "gas station"), SOURCE (e.g., "UST" or "Fuel Pump"), CHEMICAL (e.g., "gasoline") or RELEASE (e.g., look for SITE NAME containing "gas"). The documents for each of these sites may then be viewed by searching the MassDEP's online Searchable Sites List using the RTN for each site: http://public.dep.state.ma.us/SearchableSites2/Search.aspx.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Policy and Program Development
Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup
One Winter Street, 6th floor
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 556-1092 (voice)
Hello Ms. Shaw,
Thank you so much for your direction. I'll let you know if I have any questions.
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