1957 Mk17 Broken Arrow

Martin Pfeiffer filed this request with the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration of the United States of America.
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From: Martin Pfeiffer

To Whom It May Concern:

1) This is a FOIA Request
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Related to the May 27, 1957 B36 release of a Mk17 nuclear weapon near Albuquerque, NM: communications, photographs, reports, memos, and other records resulting from or related to documenting the accident; investigation of the accident; recovery of materials from the accident site; clean-up of the site; characterization of recovered materials and those remaining at the site; associated discussions of the MK17 safety features; and communications with the Air Force or AEC about the incident.

As the FOIA requires please release all reasonably segregable portions of responsive records. If you withhold records or portions of records then please indicate under which exemption you claim to do so and provide me with my options for appeal.

2) Fees and Fee Status
I am a PhD student at the University of New Mexico and the information requested is for academic and public education purposes, including my PhD dissertation project, and not primarily for commercial use. Furthermore, I will make responsive records available to the public via my academic publications and presentations as well as on social media and my blog. Please note that you can access my UNM student profile page at the following url: https://anthropology.unm.edu/people/grad-students/profile/martin-pfeiffer.html.
Therefore, as per Sack v. DOD (2016) I qualify for educational institution fee status and ask that you process my request accordingly. In your response please confirm that you will be processing my request under the educational institution fee status. I agree to pay fees up to $30 without additional notice. In the event that there are fees exceeding $30 then please inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request.

3) Record Delivery and Communications
I hereby request that all records generated by this request be delivered in electronic format via email or, if that is not possible, on CD-ROM if available. If you have any questions or information regarding this request then please do not hesitate to contact me, preferably via email. Please provide an email address through which I can contact you to discuss this request. You may, and I request that you do so, engage in rolling release of responsive documents.

I look forward to receiving your response within the twenty day statutory period. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and time in this matter.

Martin Pfeiffer

From: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration

Dear Mr. Pfeiffer,

The attached PDF acknowledges receipt of your FOIA request. Please feel free to email me with questions or concerns.

Have a delightful day.

Kind regards,

Angelia Bowman
FOIA Consultant

From: Martin Pfeiffer

Hi Ms. Bowman,

Thank you for your message and sending the acknowledgment letter for this request.

As always I greatly appreciate your consideration and effort.

Have a great week!

Martin Pfeiffer

From: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration

Dear Mr. Pfeiffer,

The response to your subject FOIA request is attached.

Christina Hamblen
Lead FOIA Analyst
Office of the General Counsel
National Nuclear Security Administration

From: Martin Pfeiffer

Hi Ms. Hamblen,

Thank you for your assistance with this and other requests. I appreciate your suggestion of reaching out to the Air Force for records on this topic.

I hope you have a great weekend and get to enjoy some nice (albeit windy) weather here in Albuquerque.

Martin Pfeiffer