National Pollution Discharge Elimination System data file for Oklahoma

Joe Wertz filed this request with the Department of Environmental Quality of Oklahoma.
Tracking # EPA-R6-2016-010114
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From: Joe Wertz

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

The National Pollution Discharge Elimination System/NPDES database/data file for Oklahoma.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Joe Wertz
Reporter, StateImpact Oklahoma
stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma

From: r6foia@epa.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280e2cbf0)
* Tracking Number: EPA-R6-2016-010114
* Requester Name: Joe Wertz
* Date Submitted: 09/09/2016
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: The National Pollution Discharge Elimination System/NPDES database/data file for Oklahoma

From: r6foia@epa.gov

09/13/2016 04:44 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R6-2016-010114

From: r6foia@epa.gov

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request EPA-R6-2016-010114 has been determined to be not applicable as the request is not billable. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on: 09/09/2016
* Request Long Description: The National Pollution Discharge Elimination System/NPDES database/data file for Oklahoma

From: r6foia@epa.gov

Requesting clarification regarding your FOIA request on the following question. Please identify the specifics of information you are seeking in the report. What is the timeframe (2000 to present)

From: Joe Wertz

To Whom It May Concern:

Re: The 10/4 email requesting clarification on the time frame of my data request:

I would like 2000 to present.

Sincerely,

Joe Wertz
Reporter, StateImpact Oklahoma
stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma

From: r6foia@epa.gov

10/25/2016 03:43 PM
FOIA Request: EPA-R6-2016-010114
Mr.Wertz,
This is a follow-up requesting clarification regarding your FOIA request on the following question.  Please identify the specifics of information you are seeking in the report.  What is the timeframe (2000 to present)
Please reply to Kathy Laws ASAP at laws.kathy@epa.gov.  Thank you Kathy Law

From: Joe Wertz

To Whom It May Concern:

Re: The 10/25 email requesting clarification on the time frame and specifics of my data request:

Perhaps I'm not understanding the questions, but I would like all available information in the database -- the entire Oklahoma database -- from 2000 to present.

Sincerely,

Joe Wertz
Reporter, StateImpact Oklahoma
stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma

From: r6foia@epa.gov

11/04/2016 01:09 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R6-2016-010114

Mr. Wertz,
Attached you will find the response to your FOIA request.
Thank you.

From: r6foia@epa.gov

EPA-R6-2016-010114 has been processed with the following final disposition: No records.

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

The public records request copied below has been forwarded to your office for processing. Confirmation of receipt and an estimated date of completion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
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To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

The National Pollution Discharge Elimination System/NPDES database/data file for Oklahoma.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Joe Wertz
Reporter, StateImpact Oklahoma
stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma

From: Craig, Rhonda

Mr. Wertz,

Central Records cannot assist you with your request for the NPDES database. I am forwarding your request to Mark Hildebrand in Water Quality for further information.

Thank you.
Rhonda Craig
Records Manager
Central Records Section
Oklahoma DEQ

From: Hildebrand, Mark

Mr. Wertz,

We do not really keep an NPDES database here at DEQ. We upload data to an EPA database. EPA has a tool that is fairly user friendly, you can search by state and county and it gives you a lot of information for what appears to be the last 3 years. It looks as if the inspection dates are not correct on all "minor" facilities that I quickly checked. The link is:

https://echo.epa.gov/facilities/facility-search?redirect=page

If you can narrow down your request, I believe we can get you more specific data.

Thank You
Mark

From: Joe Wertz

Mark,

Where does DEQ keep/file the Discharge Monitoring Reports? If they're in ECHO, I can't find them.

Sincerely,

Joe Wertz
Reporter, StateImpact Oklahoma
stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma

From: Hildebrand, Mark

The Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs) are in individual files for each facility.
Recent DMRs are in an electronic record-keeping system and some are in archived files that are slowly being scanned into electronic files.
That is what makes your request so difficult to achieve. It would take a tremendous amount of staff time to gather these records for you and we just don’t have the resources.
I am sorry that we don’t have a database with all DMR results, you are welcome to set up an appointment with Central Records and review individual files.

Mark

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