Water Evaluations, Wilmington NC (Department of Environmental Quality)

Working Narratives filed this request with the Department of Environmental Quality of North Carolina.
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From: Working Narratives

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to North Carolina Public Records Law (G.S. §§ 132-1 through 132-10), I hereby request the following documents:

All reports, evaluations, test results, proposed testing, and related materials regarding water supplies and usage in Wilmington, North Carolina, created since January 1, 2016.

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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Working Narratives

From: Kritzer, Jamie

Working Narratives,

I need to track down some additional information to help field your public records request.

ASAP, can you contact me please at the following phone number: 919-707-8602?

Thank you.

Jamie Kritzer
Communications Director
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
919-707-8602
919-218-5935

From: Working Narratives

Hi Jamie, Gave you a buzz and left my number.

From: Kritzer, Jamie

Hey,
I called back but it would not let me leave a message. Can you send me your number and I’ll call this a.m.?

Jamie Kritzer
Communications Director
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
919-707-8602
919-218-5935

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From: Kritzer, Jamie

Mr. Smith,

I think we've been playing a lot of phone tag with regards to this public records request.
In the interest of moving things along, I want to reach out to you in email in hopes that this will help both of us.
An initial search by one of our staff yielded tens of thousands of documents when we searched for "All reports, evaluations, test results, proposed testing, and related materials regarding water supplies and usage in Wilmington, North Carolina, created since January 1, 2016." And that was just when we did an email search.
That being the case, I wanted to ask if you could narrow your search and let us know more specifically what you may be seeking. What may be helpful would be any specific search terms, names, dates, etc.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
Thanks.

Jamie Kritzer
Communications Director
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
919-707-8602
919-218-5935

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From: Working Narratives

Hi Jamie, Appreciate the update. We can narrow the search to records regarding the discharge of industrial waste water pollutants. Please conduct keyword searches for "Chemours" "Dupont" "C8" "GenX" "Nafion" and "PFESAs." Much thanks.

From: Kritzer, Jamie

Thanks. We'll get on it.
Jamie
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From: Kritzer, Jamie

Mr.<mailto:requests@muckrock.com> Smith,
We just ran a search this morning for your public records and turned up 171,000 items including emails and other documents in our electronic database. As per our policy, we must have our General Counsel’s review the records to ensure they are not confidential or protected under our public records law and that could take some time, as we have numerous prior records requests to fulfill.

Let me know how you would like for us to proceed.

Jamie Kritzer
Communications Director
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
919-707-8602
919-218-5935

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Email correspondence to and from this address is subject to the
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From: Working Narratives

Hi Jamie, Let's reduce the workload by narrowing the time frame to records created since January 1, 2017. Thanks for the heads up regarding the general counsel review, please fulfill whatever portion of this request you can fulfill within 10 business days and then fulfill the remainder of the request when possible. Much appreciated.

From: Working Narratives

Hi Jamie, Let's reduce the workload by narrowing the time frame to records created since January 1, 2017. Thanks for the heads up regarding the general counsel review, please fulfill whatever portion of this request you can fulfill within 10 business days and then fulfill the remainder of the request when possible. Much appreciated.

From: Kritzer, Jamie

Mr. Smith,
We ran a search using the terms you requested and came back with 75,000 results. See below. Would you like us to narrow the search further.

Jamie Kritzer
Communications Director
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
919-707-8602
919-218-5935

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Email correspondence to and from this address is subject to the
North Carolina Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties.

From: Kritzer, Jamie

Folks,
I hadn't heard back from you on this public records request. Please let me know how you would like to proceed.
Thanks.
Jamie

From: Working Narratives

Hi Jamie, We can narrow this to records created in June 2017, matching the aforementioned search terms.

From: Department of Environmental Quality

Hello,

Your public records request resulted in 75,000 items.

Syntax used: ("Chemours" OR "Dupont") AND ("C8" OR "GenX" OR "Nafion" OR "PFESAs")

Date Range: January 1, 2017 to September 20, 2017

Given the large volume of returned items, perhaps you would consider narrowing your search further? Please advise. Thanks.

Jamie Kritzer

Communications Director

N.C. Department of Environmental Quality

1601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1601

Office: (919) 707-8602

Cell: (919) 218-5935

From: Working Narratives

Hi Jamie, A little confused at this point. Did you get my last email? There were 75,000 documents matching the search parameters--generated in June 2016?

From: Department of Environmental Quality

I looked but must've missed it. I'll see what we come up with for just June.

Jamie Kritzer

Communications Director

N.C. Department of Environmental Quality

1601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1601

Office: (919) 707-8602

Cell: (919) 218-5935

From: Department of Environmental Quality

We ran a search of emails and found 24,000 emails in June 2017. Would you like to narrow the search field with specific email addresses.
Jk
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From: Working Narratives

Hi Jamie, No, thanks, that's as much as we'd like to narrow the search. If you could send us the records in electronic format as rapidly as possible, that would be great.

From: Department of Environmental Quality

Hey there,
I will check on this one when I return Monday.
Jamie
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From: Department of Environmental Quality

Dear Muck Rock,

In looking closely over this request, it seems much of what you may be seeking is on our laserfiche database, where much of our data on water quality testing resides. I’m not sure we would catalog all proposed testing, however.

I will check in with our water quality staff to see if I can simply point you to laserfiche and let you peruse that database for the information you’re seeking.

Also, I think I misunderstood your original request and had someone seeking emails on this subject matter. You do not want emails, correct?

Jamie Kritzer
Communications Director
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
919-707-8602
919-218-5935

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Email correspondence to and from this address is subject to the
North Carolina Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties.

From: Working Narratives

Hi Jamie, A link or access to the database would be great, but we'd also like the email cache. Thanks.

From: Department of Environmental Quality

Muck Rock,

Below is the link in laserfiche with documents that may contain “reports, evaluations, test results, proposed testing, and related materials regarding water supplies and usage in Wilmington, North Carolina, created since January 1, 2016.”
http://edocs.deq.nc.gov/WaterResources/Welcome.aspx?cr=1

This is a partial response to your request for records.

We are still working to gather any emails from June 2017 that are relevant to your request. We will provide that to you when it’s available.

Jamie Kritzer
Communications Director
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
919-707-8602
919-218-5935

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Email correspondence to and from this address is subject to the
North Carolina Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties.

From: Department of Environmental Quality

Dear Muck Rock,

We have completed your records request. Do you prefer that we download the records to the link you have provided below?

Jamie Kritzer

919-707-8602

From: Working Narratives

Hi Jamie, We're still waiting on the emails, any idea when they'll be available?

From your last email: "This is a partial response to your request for records.
We are still working to gather any emails from June 2017 that are relevant to your request. We will provide that to you when it’s available."

Thanks.

From: Department of Environmental Quality

We have completed it. Do you want us to upload it to the link you've provided?
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From: Working Narratives

Thanks Jamie, didn't realize! If you're referring to the "Upload documents directly" link, that should work.

From: Department of Environmental Quality

This submission fulfills your public records request dated June 15, 2017.

Thank you.

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From: Department of Environmental Quality

Muck Rock,

Upload is complete.

Jamie Kritzer

Communications Director

N.C. Department of Environmental Quality

1601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1601

Office: (919) 707-8602

Cell: (919) 218-5935

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