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From: Joshua Eaton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

The archive or backup of the database that contains the content for the following EPA websites, their subpages and subdomains:

Specifically, I am requesting the most recent archive or backup created on or before Jan. 19, 2017. This request includes any and all site assets, including but not limited to: website page content; images; audio and video files; downloadable files, such as PDF, CSV, XLSX, and JSON files; databases; and any and all other site assets.

In the event that these websites, their subpages and subdomains are not stored in a database, I request any and all raw HTML files and site assets, as described above. In the event that the database that contains the contents for these websites, their subpages and subdomains is not segregable from the database that contains the contents for as a whole, I request the full database in its entirety.

I also request expedited processing. This request relates to the ongoing presidential transition. The records I am requesting are urgently needed to inform the public of an actual or perceived federal government activity — specifically, the Trump administration's reported instructions to EPA that it remove information related to climate change from its website and the widespread belief that EPA will destroy these agency records. The news value of these records, and perhaps the records themselves, will be lost without expedited processing.

I am a producer at WGBH News in Boston, Massachusetts, and a full-time, professional reporter whose work regularly appears at The Christian Science Monitor, Scout Magazines, UU World, MuckRock, Teen Vogue, and elsewhere. I will make the records I am requesting available to the general public. This request is part of the news-gathering process and is not 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 email 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.

Joshua Eaton


This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (
* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2017-003278
* Requester Name: Joshua Eaton
* Date Submitted: 01/26/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Requesting information regarding archive of EPA .gov/climatechange.


02/08/2017 02:40 PM FOIA Request: EPA-HQ-2017-003278

Dear Mr. Easton:
Please find attach an extension letter due to unusual circumstances.  The due date for your FOIA request is now March 23, 2017.


Sabrina Hamilton, FOIA Coordinator
Office of Air and Radiation

  • Unusual Circumstances Letter to Joshua Eaton -- EPA-HQ-2017-003278

From: Dolph, Becky

I am writing regarding your FOIA Request EPA-HQ-2017-003278 in which you seek the following:
The archive or backup of the database that contains the content for the following EPA websites, their subpages and subdomains:
* https ://www ghgreporti ng
* https://www3

Immediately following the 2017 Presidential inauguration, the agency received numerous FOIA requests regarding historic versions of the EPA website. To respond to these requests for information, EPA has re-posted a snapshot of the EPA website as it existed on January 19, 2017.
* This action is similar to the web snapshot taken of the previous administration's site that is publically available on the National Archives and Records Administration's web site.
* The EPA snapshot (<>) is now available on the current EPA web page in the footer, under "Discover," or from the "Frequently Requested Information" portion of the FOIA page.

The information provided in the January 19, 2017 Web Snapshot may provide the information you seek. Additionally, the information sought by your request was at the time of your request or currently is publicly available on EPA's website at the links set forth in your request. Because this information is publicly available, your request for this information is not subject to processing as a FOIA request. See 40 C.F.R. Part 2, Subpart A.

We hope this information is helpful to you and we appreciate your interest in EPA.

This letter concludes our response to your request. You may appeal this response by email at<>, or by mail to the National Freedom of Information Office, U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W. (2822T), Washington, DC 20460. Only items mailed through the United States Postal Service may be delivered to 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue. If you are submitting your appeal by hand delivery, courier service, or overnight delivery, you must address your correspondence to 1301 Constitution Avenue, N.W.,, Room 6416J , Washington, DC 2000 1.

Your appeal must be in writing, and it must be received no later than 90 calendar days from the date of this letter. The Agency will not consider appeals received after the 90-calendar-day limit. Appeals received after 5:00 pm EST will be considered received the next business day. The appeal letter should include the FOIA tracking number listed above. For quickest possible handling, the subject li ne of your email, the appeal letter, and its envelope, if applicable, should be marked "Freedom of Information Act Appeal."

Additionally, you may seek dispute resolution services from EPA's FOIA Public Liaison at<> or (202) 566-1667, or from the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS). You may contact OGIS in any of the following ways: by mail, Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, Room 2510, 8610 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-600 1; email,<>; telephone, (301) 837-1996 or (877) 684-6448; or fax, (301) 837-0348 .

Becky Dolph

Becky Dolph | Director, FOIA Expert Assistance Team Office
U.S Environmental Protection Agency
Office of General Counsel | 7309B WJCN | 202-564-5771

From: Joshua Eaton


Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Joshua Eaton


EPA-HQ-2017-003278 has been processed with the following final disposition: Improper FOIA request for other reason.



  • 02/08/2017

    Unusual Circumstances Letter to Joshua Eaton -- EPA-HQ-2017-003278