TCEQ Climate Change

Ben Hudson filed this request with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality of Texas.
Tracking # OR2017-14713
Due May 2, 2017
Est. Completion June 7, 2017
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Ben Hudson

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any internal studies, action plans, or other measures or initiatives conducted by the TCEQ which relate to climate change. Please also include any communications (email, text message, or other) or memos which relate to or reference climate change.

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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ben Hudson

From: OPENRECS

Good Morning,

TCEQ has received your request for information under the Texas Public Information Act, and assigned it PIR Number: 17-32442. According to our records your response due date is no later than, 03/31/2017.

Thank you,

Stacey Harper
Open Records & Reporting Services
Information Resources Division, MC 197
openrecs@tceq.texas.gov<mailto:openrecs@tceq.texas.gov>

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From: Louanne Jones

Attention Mr. Ben Hudson

Dear Mr. Hudson,
We are working on identifying information responsive to your request related to climate change, our tracking number PIR 32442. We'd like to request clarification about a specific type of information we are finding.

One of our staff members is on several email news lists, many of which often have climate change as a topic; however, these emails are not requests of TCEQ but are simply news. That same person also has some general news articles about climate change. Are you interested in receiving those kinds of documents?

Thank you for your time,

~ Louanne
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Louanne Jones | Senior Technical Writer, TMDL Program | Office of Water | Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 13087, MC-203 | Austin, Texas 78711-3087 | louanne.jones@tceq.texas.gov<mailto:louanne.jones@tceq.texas.gov> | 512-239-2310
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From: Louanne Jones

Attention Mr. Ben Hudson

Dear Mr. Hudson,
We are working on identifying information responsive to your request related to climate change, our tracking number PIR 32442. We'd like to request clarification about a specific type of information we are finding.

One of our staff members is on several email news lists, many of which often have climate change as a topic; however, these emails are not requests of TCEQ but are simply news. That same person also has some general news articles about climate change. Are you interested in receiving those kinds of documents?

Thank you for your time,

~ Louanne
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Louanne Jones | Senior Technical Writer, TMDL Program | Office of Water | Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 13087, MC-203 | Austin, Texas 78711-3087 | louanne.jones@tceq.texas.gov<mailto:louanne.jones@tceq.texas.gov> | 512-239-2310
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From: Ben Hudson

Louanne,

I am interested in those, yes, provided they are relatively easy for you to obtain. I am more interested, however, in any communication between members of the department or between members of the department and outside persons regarding climate change, should those communications exist.

Let me know if I need to provide further clarification,

Ben Hudson

From: Louanne Jones

Dear Mr. Hudson,
We have communications of both types and locating news messages is about the same effort as locating personal messages. I was enquiring about news list items and articles because including those will add significantly to the number of documents that are responsive to your request. We will proceed to locate both news messages and personal messages.

Thank you for your time.
~Louanne
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Louanne Jones | TMDL Program | Office of Water | Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 13087, MC-203 | Austin, Texas 78711-3087 | louanne.jones@tceq.texas.gov<mailto:louanne.jones@tceq.texas.gov> | 512-239-2310
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From: Von Phuong

Mr. Hudson:

Please see the attached letter regarding your public information request to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, PIR No. 17-32442.

Regards,

Von Q. Phuong | Legal Assistant
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Office of Legal Services | General Law Division
Phone: (512) 239-5807
E-mail von.phuong@tceq.texas.gov<mailto:von.phuong@tceq.texas.gov>

From: Louanne Jones

Dear Mr. Hudson,
Please see the attached letter in response to your public information request.

~ Louanne
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Louanne Jones | Senior Technical Writer, TMDL Program | Office of Water | Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 13087, MC-203 | Austin, Texas 78711-3087 | louanne.jones@tceq.texas.gov<mailto:louanne.jones@tceq.texas.gov> | 512-239-2310
___________________________
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From: Ben Hudson

Louanne,

Thank you for the cost estimate, I appreciate it. In the interest of lowering my potential fees, I would like to revise my request for the following date range: 11/01/16 - 3/31/17. Please let me know how this adjustment will affect the fee structure.

Thank you,

Ben Hudson

From: Louanne Jones

Dear Mr. Hudson,
Before we proceed based on your message below, I wanted to let you know that the main reason the cost is high is the inclusion of news emails. Many staff members are on e-mail news lists, and it is common to have a reference to climate change somewhere in those news emails, even if it is not a significant subject in the news email. In addition, several staff members have saved news items on their computers. So a big percentage of the responsive material is news emails and documents.

Although reducing the time frame for the request will reduce your cost, dropping the news emails would make a much bigger difference, and would allow you to focus on the internally produced documents and messages that are the main thrust of your request.

I see it as a choice among these three questions:
Would you like to exclude news emails and documents rather than changing the time frame?
Would you like to exclude news emails and documents in addition to changing the time frame?
Would you like to change only the time frame?

Thank you for your consideration.
~ Louanne
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Louanne Jones | Senior Technical Writer, TMDL Program | Office of Water | Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 13087, MC-203 | Austin, Texas 78711-3087 | louanne.jones@tceq.texas.gov<mailto:louanne.jones@tceq.texas.gov> | 512-239-2310
___________________________
How is our customer service? Fill out our online customer satisfaction survey at www.tceq.state.tx.us/goto/customersurvey<http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/goto/customersurvey>.
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From: Ben Hudson

Louanne,

Thank you for your explanation, I appreciate it.

I would like to go with the first option you present: exclude news emails and documents rather than changing the time frame.

Thank you!

Ben Hudson

From: Louanne Jones

Dear Mr. Hudson,
Please see attached our second estimate for your public inquiry and a letter explaining next steps. I regret to say that the cost is higher than the last estimate due to an error I made in the original cost estimate. In that first estimate, I neglected to include the time for one of the program areas. I offer my sincerest apology for that.

~ Louanne
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Louanne Jones | Senior Technical Writer, TMDL Program | Office of Water | Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 13087, MC-203 | Austin, Texas 78711-3087 | louanne.jones@tceq.texas.gov<mailto:louanne.jones@tceq.texas.gov> | 512-239-2310
___________________________
How is our customer service? Fill out our online customer satisfaction survey at www.tceq.state.tx.us/goto/customersurvey<http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/goto/customersurvey>.
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From: Von Phuong

Dear Mr. Hudson:

Please see the attached letter regarding your public information request to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, PIR No. 17-32442.

Regards,

Von Q. Phuong | Legal Assistant
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Office of Legal Services | General Law Division
Phone: (512) 239-5807
E-mail von.phuong@tceq.texas.gov<mailto:von.phuong@tceq.texas.gov>

From: Ben Hudson

Louanne,

Thank you for preparing the estimate. Sorry to adjust my request again, but I would like to make one final change - adjusting the date range from 11/01/2016 - 3/31/2017.

Thank you for all your help so far!

Ben

From: Louanne Jones

Hello, Mr. Hudson,
We have received your request to narrow the scope for PIR 32442. We will work on that and get you a new cost estimate.
~ Louanne
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Louanne Jones | Senior Technical Writer, TMDL Program | Office of Water | Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 13087, MC-203 | Austin, Texas 78711-3087 | louanne.jones@tceq.texas.gov<mailto:louanne.jones@tceq.texas.gov> | 512-239-2310
___________________________
How is our customer service? Fill out our online customer satisfaction survey at www.tceq.state.tx.us/goto/customersurvey<http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/goto/customersurvey>.
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From: Louanne Jones

Dear Mr. Hudson,
Please see attached our cost estimate for your public inquiry and a letter explaining next steps, in response to your April 28, 2017 request to narrow the scope of PIR 17-32442. There is also an invoice attached, should you wish to accept the estimate and pay the deposit.

Please let me know if you have questions about our response or wish to modify your request.

~ Louanne
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Louanne Jones | Senior Technical Writer, TMDL Program | Office of Water | Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 13087, MC-203 | Austin, Texas 78711-3087 | louanne.jones@tceq.texas.gov<mailto:louanne.jones@tceq.texas.gov> | 512-239-2310
___________________________
How is our customer service? Fill out our online customer satisfaction survey at www.tceq.state.tx.us/goto/customersurvey<http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/goto/customersurvey>.
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From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $147.50 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Megan Schimcek

Dear Mr. Hudson:

Please see the attached letter regarding your public information request to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, PIR No. 17-32442.

Megan L. Schimcek
Legal Assistant
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Office of Legal Services

From: Louanne Jones

Dear Mr. Hudson,
Yesterday I received notice that you had paid the deposit for the information you requested under PIR 17-32442. We have begun to compile the information. Please see the attached certification with information about your request.

Sincerely,

~Louanne
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Louanne Jones | TMDL Program | Office of Water | Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 13087, MC-203 | Austin, Texas 78711-3087 | louanne.jones@tceq.texas.gov<mailto:louanne.jones@tceq.texas.gov> | 512-239-2310
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From: Louanne Jones

Dear Mr. Hudson,
Is there a phone number where we can reach you, should we need to?

~ Louanne
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Louanne Jones | Senior Technical Writer, TMDL Program | Office of Water | Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 13087, MC-203 | Austin, Texas 78711-3087 | louanne.jones@tceq.texas.gov<mailto:louanne.jones@tceq.texas.gov> | 512-239-2310
___________________________
How is our customer service? Fill out our online customer satisfaction survey at www.tceq.state.tx.us/goto/customersurvey<http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/goto/customersurvey>.
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From: Ben Hudson

Louanne,

Yes - 214/683/4373

Thanks,

Ben

From: Louanne Jones

Thanks!

From: Stephanie Greene

Mr. Hudson,

Attached please find correspondence regarding you PIR final invoice.

Best Regards

Stephanie Greene / Work Lead- Copy Services Center
TCEQ | HR / SS
Stephanie.Greene@tceq.texas.gov<mailto:Stephanie.Greene@tceq.texas.gov>
12100 Park 35 Circle, MC190 / Bldg. E Rm101 | Austin, Texas 78753
(512) 239-0966 : Fax: (512) 239-4040
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Please take the time to complete this brief survey and return it to us.
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From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $104.65 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: CopyCtr

Mr. Hudson,

Attached please find correspondence regarding you PIR tracking information.

Stephanie Greene / Work Lead- Copy Services Center
TCEQ | HR / SS
Stephanie.Greene@tceq.texas.gov<mailto:Stephanie.Greene@tceq.texas.gov>
12100 Park 35 Circle, MC190 / Bldg. E Rm101 | Austin, Texas 78753
(512) 239-0966 : Fax: (512) 239-4040
[http://home.tceq.state.tx.us/internal/exec/tcot/images/TCOT-150pix.png]WK Hrs: 7:30- 4:30 / M-F
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Please consider the environment before printing this email

Customer Satisfaction Survey
Have we provided the service you need?
In order to serve you better, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
would like to know about your experience with us.
Please take the time to complete this brief survey and return it to us.
http://home.tceq.texas.gov/internal/admin/hrsd/cust-srv-survey.shtml

From: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

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