Contaminated sites in the Upper Peninsula

Lynette Wilson filed this request with the Department of Environmental Quality of Michigan.
Tracking # 2867-16
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From: Lynette Wilson

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I'm looking for a complete list of contaminated sites in the Upper Peninsula.

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,

Lynette Wilson

From: DEQFOIA

Ms. Lynette Wilson
MuckRock
DEPT MR 24638
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Dear Ms. Wilson:

SUBJECT: Request for Disclosure of Official Files

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 March 22, 2016. You have requested the following information: A complete list of contaminated sites in the Upper Peninsula.

The tracking code is: FOIA 2867-16.

Your request will be forwarded to the following divisions: AQD, RD, RMD, WRD*

You will be contacted by the division(s) on or before: 3/29/2016

The Department of Environmental Quality's website<http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135--357782--,00.html> contains the policy and procedure, public written summary, and several online databases.

Rose Woosley, FOIA Liaison
Office of Environmental Assistance
Department of Environmental Quality
800-662-9278
deqfoia@michigan.gov<mailto:deqfoia@michigan.gov>

*Abbreviations
AQD - Air Quality Division
RD - Remediation and Redevelopment Division
RMD - Resource Management Group includes Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance, Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection and Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals (as appropriate)
WRD - Water Resources Division

The DEQ strives to continually improve its customer service to FOIA requestors. To provide input for improvements to the FOIA process, please complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/foiaprocess

From: Ruokolainen, Nadine (DEQ)

In regard to your FOIA request asking for a complete list of contaminated sites in the Upper Peninsula that was received in the DEQ Office. I've attached a short list of contaminated sites pulled together by the Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection Division.

You will receive a much larger list from the Remediation and Redevelopment Division (RRD). Some of the ones listed on the attached list may also be on the list you receive from RRD, I just wanted to make sure that we listed them all.

Any questions please let me know.
Thank you.

Nadine Ruokolainen, Secretary
Department of Environmental Quality
Air Quality Division
Office of Waste Management & Radiological Protection
1504 W. Washington Street
Marquette, MI 49855
*:906-228-2906
*:RuokolainenN@michigan.gov

From: Park, Joan (DEQ)

Ms. Wilson,
Per your FOIA request, attached is a list of contaminated sites in the UP. Note that closed LUST sites are included on this list if restrictions were placed on property in order to close the LUST release.
You can generate this list from website and the Facilities Inventory Link is: https://secure1.state.mi.us/FacilitiesInventoryQueries/Home/QueryPage

Here is the link for LUST sites only: http://www.deq.state.mi.us/sid-web/Download_Search.aspx

Environmental Mapper link:
http://web1.mcgi.state.mi.us/environmentalmapper/mcgi.aspx

Please contact me if you have any questions at parkj@michigan.gov<mailto:parkj@michigan.gov>
Thank you,
Joan Park

From: Clark, Clif (DEQ)

Thank you, Joan.

Ms. Wilson, I should have noted that the Facilities Inventory also includes some "closed" sites, if they rely on restrictions, as they still fit the definition of "facility" under Part 201: "Facility" means any area, place, parcel or parcels of property, or portion of a parcel of property where a hazardous substance in excess of the concentrations that satisfy the cleanup criteria for unrestricted residential use has been released, deposited, disposed of, or otherwise comes to be located.

From: Bushong, Kathleen (DEQ)

Regarding your request for a 'complete list of contaminated sites in the Upper Peninsula':

Steve Harrington located the 'inventory of facilities' online by following the below instructions:

"The requestor can search or download the DEQ's 'inventory of facilities' by going to: Michigan.gov/DEQ, then selecting 'Online Services' from the top of the DEQ home page, then selecting 'Inventory of Facilities' from the list of online services."

Beyond this, the UPDO Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance would have only a partial list which would be included in the inventory listed above. This completes our response for this FOIA. Thank you.

Kathy Bushong
Upper Peninsula District Office (UPDO)
Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance (ODWMA)
1504 West Washington Street
Marquette, Michigan 49855
906-228-2908
bushongk1@michigan.gov<mailto:bushongk1@michigan.gov>

From: DEQFOIA

Ms. Lynette Wilson
MuckRock
DEPT MR 24638
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Dear Ms. Wilson:

SUBJECT: Request for Disclosure of Official Files - Air Quality Division

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 March 22, 2016. You have requested the following information: A complete list of contaminated sites in the Upper Peninsula (FOIA 2867-16).

The purpose of the FOIA is to provide the public with access to existing, nonexempt public records of public bodies. Your request to examine or receive a copy of the documents described above is denied.

To the best of this public body's knowledge, information, and belief, the public record does not exist under the name given by the requester, or by another name reasonably known to the public body.

Under section 10 of the FOIA, the DEQ is obligated to inform you of the following:

1) Appeal this decision in writing to the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 30473, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7973. The writing must specifically state the word "appeal," and identify the basis for which the disclosure determination should be reversed. The Director of the DEQ, or his/her delegated designee, must respond to the appeal within 10 days of its receipt. Under unusual circumstances, the time for response to the appeal may be extended by 10 business days.

2) Commence a civil action in circuit court within 180 days after the date of the final determination to deny the request. If you prevail in such an action, the court is to award reasonable attorney fees, costs, and disbursements, and possible damages.

Kris Lauckner, FOIA Liaison
Office of Environmental Assistance
Department of Environmental Quality
800-662-9278
deqfoia@michigan.gov<mailto:deqfoia@michigan.gov>

The DEQ strives to continually improve its customer service to FOIA requestors. To provide input for improvements to the FOIA process, please complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/foiaprocess

From: DEQFOIA

Ms. Lynette Wilson
MuckRock
DEPT MR 24638
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Dear Ms. Wilson:

SUBJECT: Request for Disclosure of Official Files - Water Resources Division

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 March 22, 2016. You have requested the following information: A complete list of contaminated sites in the Upper Peninsula (FOIA 2867-16).

The purpose of the FOIA is to provide the public with access to existing, nonexempt public records of public bodies. Your request to examine or receive a copy of the documents described above is denied.

To the best of this public body's knowledge, information, and belief, the public record does not exist under the name given by the requester, or by another name reasonably known to the public body.

Under section 10 of the FOIA, the DEQ is obligated to inform you of the following:

1) Appeal this decision in writing to the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 30473, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7973. The writing must specifically state the word "appeal," and identify the basis for which the disclosure determination should be reversed. The Director of the DEQ, or his/her delegated designee, must respond to the appeal within 10 days of its receipt. Under unusual circumstances, the time for response to the appeal may be extended by 10 business days.

2) Commence a civil action in circuit court within 180 days after the date of the final determination to deny the request. If you prevail in such an action, the court is to award reasonable attorney fees, costs, and disbursements, and possible damages.

Kristine Lauckner, FOIA Liaison
Office of Environmental Assistance
Department of Environmental Quality
800-662-9278
deqfoia@michigan.gov<mailto:deqfoia@michigan.gov>

The DEQ strives to continually improve its customer service to FOIA requestors. To provide input for improvements to the FOIA process, please complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/foiaprocess

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