Consumers Energy permits and correspondence

Rose Schlappi filed this request with the Department of Environmental Quality of Michigan.
Tracking # 4326-17
Est. Completion July 6, 2017
Status
Fix Required

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From: Rose Schlappi

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Michigan's Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), I hereby request the following records:

I am seeking all correspondence between Consumers Energy and the Michigan DEQ, including electronic correspondence, and all permits and permit requests submitted to the DEQ by Consumers Energy, for the areas of Ionia County.

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,

Rose Schlappi

From: DEQFOIA

Ms. Schlappi:

We received your June 13, 2013 FOIA request.

Your FOIA request as written would require all staff to search for "all correspondence between Consumers Energy and the Michigan DEQ..." Please be advised that the estimated cost to search, retrieve and review all responsive records would cost thousands of dollars.

We are proposing the following option to reduce your costs:

Reword your request as follows: I am requesting all permits and permit requests (including all correspondence) submitted to the DEQ by Consumers Energy, for Ionia County.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

--Susan

Susan Vorce
Legal Services
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
800-662-9278
deqfoia@michigan.gov<mailto:deqfoia@michigan.gov>

From: DEQFOIA

Good afternoon,

In response to the attached request for records pursuant to Michigan's Freedom of Information recently received from you, I have been asked by staff for some clarification. You have requested ". . . all correspondences between Consumers Energy and the Michigan DEQ . . . and all permits and permit requests submitted to the DEQ by Consumers Energy, for the areas of Ionia County . . . "

Is there a time frame for the correspondence and permits you are seeking?

We look forward to your response.

Sincerely,
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Leigh M. Copen, FOIA Coordinator
Legal Services
800-662-9278 | deqfoia@michigan.gov<mailto:deqfoia@michigan.gov>
www.michigan.gov/deqfoia<http://www.michigan.gov/deqfoia>
[DEQ - Department of Environmental Quality]<http://www.michigan.gov/deq/>

From: DEQFOIA

Ms. Rose Schlappi
MuckRock
DEPT MR 38705
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, Massachusetts 02144-2516

Dear Ms. Schlappi:

SUBJECT: Request for Disclosure of Official Files
DEQ Tracking Code: 4326-17

This notice is issued in response to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, 1976 PA 442, as amended (FOIA), received on June 14, 2017. You have requested information described as: Consumers Energy all permits and permit requests and correspondence for Ionia County.

Due to time constraints and limited resources, it is necessary to issue a 10-business day extension until July 6, 2017, as permitted under Section 5(2)(d) of the FOIA.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) receives thousands of FOIA requests annually, many of which request a waiver of fees. The MDEQ will issue a fee waiver for the first $20.00 of the fee, as required under the FOIA, for an individual who submits an affidavit that he or she receives public assistance or states facts showing an inability to pay the cost because of indigence. Although a majority of the MDEQ FOIA requests pertain to records that may be considered as primarily benefitting the general public, the MDEQ does not waive, reduce, or exempt fees solely on the basis of benefit to the public. The MDEQ must utilize our monies and resources, entrusted to us by the taxpayers, in the most efficient manner possible to carry out our mission; thus, your request for a waiver of fees has been denied.

You may access the MDEQ's website that contains information about our FOIA policy and procedure, public written summary, and several online databases at www.michigan.gov/deqfoia<http://www.michigan.gov/deqfoia>.

Sincerely,
[LMC Signature]

Leigh M. Copen, FOIA Coordinator
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
800-662-9278

From: Chamberlain, Kathleen (Kathie) (DEQ)

FOIA 4326: In answer to your request for Consumers Energy Permits and Correspondence for sites in Ionia County, we can offer the following information.

This response covers three Superfund sites in Ionia County: American Anodco, H&K Sales, and Ionia City Landfill. This response does not cover other sites that may exist in Ionia County. The Project Manager for Ionia City Landfill indicated she is not aware of any information in that file relating to Consumers Energy "Permit" requests or correspondence. Consumers does have an easement along the Rails to Trails that bisects the site (a copy of that is in the files). The Administrative Record for that site is up-to-date and a copy of that can be sent. The files for Ionia City Landfill (18 boxes) are at the State Record Center. If you wish to view those files, we can order them from the Record Center.

The files for American Anodco (5 boxes) and H&K Sales (1 box) are also at the State Record Center. We do not know if there is any of the requested information in the files for these two sites. We can pull the files from the Record Center if you wish to come in to view them.

There is no charge to view the files, but charges may be involved for staff time and copying.

Please let me know what your wishes are with regard to this FOIA request. You may contact me by email or phone.

Kathleen (Kathie) Chamberlain
Superfund Section
Remediation and Redevelopment Division
Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 30426
525 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48909-7926
517-284-5075
Constitution Hall, 5 South, Pillar F6
chamberlaink1@michigan.gov<mailto:chamberlaink1@michigan.gov>

From: Walstrom, Kimberly (DEQ)

For Consumers Energy documents in Ionia county, this was the only file that I had.

Thank you, Kim

Kim Walstrom | Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance Division
Waste Management and Radiological Protection Division |Grand Rapids District Office
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Phone (616) 356-0290 | walstromk@michigan.gov

From: Chamberlain, Kathleen (Kathie) (DEQ)

FOIA 4326: I have not heard from you regarding my response to your FOIA request for Consumers Energy Permits and Correspondence for sites in Ionia County. I indicated in the email below that we could pull boxes from the State of Michigan Record Center for you to come in and review.

If you are interested in having me request the boxes from the Record Center, I will do so. If not, please let me know and I will close this FOIA request for MDEQ Superfund sites. I am in the office all day tomorrow but after that I will be out of the office until July 5, 2017. You may feel free to email me your answer or call me.

Kathleen (Kathie) Chamberlain
Superfund Section
Remediation and Redevelopment Division
Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 30426
525 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48909-7926
517-284-5075
Constitution Hall, 5 South, Pillar F6
chamberlaink1@michigan.gov<mailto:chamberlaink1@michigan.gov>

From: Chamberlain, Kathleen (Kathie) (DEQ)

FOIA 4326: I have not received any correspondence from you with regard to your FOIA request. I am unable to keep this FOIA open indefinitely. If I have not heard from you by Monday, July 10, 2017, by 5:00 p.m. EDT, I will close this FOIA for the MDEQ, Remediation and Redevelopment Division, Superfund Section.

Please feel free to contact me by email or at the number below with any questions.

Kathleen (Kathie) Chamberlain
Superfund Section
Remediation and Redevelopment Division
Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 30426
525 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48909-7926
517-284-5075
Constitution Hall, 5 South, Pillar F6
chamberlaink1@michigan.gov<mailto:chamberlaink1@michigan.gov>

From: Chamberlain, Kathleen (Kathie) (DEQ)

FOIA 4326: This is to let you know that I am closing this FOIA request for the MDEQ, Remediation and Redevelopment Division, Superfund Section. I have not received any correspondence or phone calls from you and I am unable to keep this FOIA open indefinitely. In the future, if you wish to view any of the information that is at the State of Michigan Record Center, you will need to file a new FOIA request.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Kathleen (Kathie) Chamberlain
Superfund Section
Remediation and Redevelopment Division
Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 30426
525 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48909-7926
517-284-5075
Constitution Hall, 5 South, Pillar F6
chamberlaink1@michigan.gov<mailto:chamberlaink1@michigan.gov>

From: DEQFOIA

Ms. Rose Schlappi
MuckRock
DEPT MR 38705
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, Massachusetts 02144-2516

Dear Ms. Schlappi:

SUBJECT: FOIA 4326-17

This notice is issued in response to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, 1976 PA 442, as amended (FOIA), received on June 14, 2017. You requested the following information: Consumers Energy all permits and permit requests and correspondence for Ionia County.

This is to advise that we have closed this request due to no response from you. Further, your website indicates you have withdrawn your request. If you need this information in the future, you must submit a new FOIA request.

You may access the MDEQ's website that contains information about our FOIA policy and procedure, public written summary, and several online databases at www.michigan.gov/deqfoia<http://www.michigan.gov/deqfoia>.

Sincerely,
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Leigh M. Copen, FOIA Coordinator
Legal Services
800-662-9278 | deqfoia@michigan.gov<mailto:deqfoia@michigan.gov>
www.michigan.gov/deqfoia<http://www.michigan.gov/deqfoia>
[DEQ - Department of Environmental Quality]<http://www.michigan.gov/deq/>

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