Burned Board Briefing Nuclear Weapon Safety

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:

Reports, memos, outlines, notes, minutes, pictures, copies, transcripts, personal documents, and other records related to or discussing the planning; presentation; and the reception to (by, for example, the military) the series of so-called "Burned Board Meeting" referenced in the Sandia documentary "Always/Never." Please also include relevant adjacent associated documents relevant to assessing the state and contours of discussion around nuclear weapon safety at the time (for example, but not necessarily limited to, the Stockpile Improvement Program). You may restrict the period of your search to the dates between and including 1965 to 1984.

As the FOIA requires, please release all reasonably segregable nonexempt portions of records. If you redact or exempt records or portions of records then please indicate you have done so; offer your justification with reference to statue and policy; and provide me with my opportunities 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 reach out if you have questions.

Have a pleasant day.

Kind regards,

Angelia Bowman
CE2 Contractor
FOIA Consultant
Office of the General Counsel

From: Martin Pfeiffer

Hi Ms. Bowman,

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


From: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration

No problem. My pleasure.

From: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration

Dear Mr. Pfeiffer,

The attached PDF completes our response to your FOIA request FOIA 19-00193-AB, this case is now closed.


Kari Martinez
CE2 Contractor
FOIA/PA Specialist
Office of the General Counsel
(505) 845-4887