Laura N Vandenberg correspondence

Stephan Neidenbach filed this request with the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) of Massachusetts.

It is a clone of this request.



From: Stephan Neidenbach

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Two emails to Laura N Vandenberg from Charles Benbrook.

One dated January 21 or January 22, 2016 with the subject "Proof Glyphosate Use Paper". The email begins "Pete et. all - I have the proofs now for my glyphosate use paper".

The other dated January 15 or January 16, 2017. The email's final paragraph starts with "I mention this not to argue for any further changes".

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.


Stephan Neidenbach

From: University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

Hi Stephan,

We are in receipt of your public records request as detailed in the email below , “F Public Records Law Request: Laura N Vandenberg correspondence”

Though the University can continue to receive record requests via email, we have created an online request form that can help to expedite your request. This form is available at, and we would appreciate your use of this form for all future records requests.

Meanwhile, we will proceed to review your request.



Ed Blaguszewski
Executive Director of Strategic Communications
and Special Assistant
to the Vice Chancellor for University Relations
UMass Amherst
Munson Hall
Amherst, MA 01003
Office: 413-545-0444
Cell: 413-695-4522<>

From: University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

I am in receipt of your public records request below.

The Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. Ch. 66, § 10, along with its associated regulations, permits the University to estimate and assess the estimated cost of searching for the requested records or segregating exempt information from non-exempt information. I estimate that your request took less than four hours to complete and there will be no copying fee charged for this request. As a result there will be no fee.

Please find the records responsive to your request attached. The emails have been redacted for “trade secrets or other proprietary information of the University of Massachusetts, including trade secrets or proprietary information provided to the University by research sponsors or private concerns.” I may withhold these materials under exemptions (u) to Section 7(26) of the Massachusetts General Laws.

Under Chapter 66 of the General Laws, you have the right to appeal our disposition of your request to the Supervisor of Public Records, Office of the Secretary of State,<> and the right to seek judicial review of an unfavorable decision by commencing a civil action in the superior court under subsection (c) of section 10A.

Christine M. Wilda
Associate Chancellor for Compliance
UMASS Amherst
340 Whitmore Building
Amherst, MA 01003
Ph: 413-545-2148
Fax: 413-545-2114<>