Communication between Cadmus Group and EPA 2003-2004

Neela Banerjee filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America.
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EPA-HQ-2017-009419

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From: Neela Banerjee

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. From late 2002 to 2004, the Cadmus Group served as an EPA contractor that researched and wrote a June 2004 report called Evaluation of Impacts to Underground Sources of Drinking Water by Hydraulic Fracturing of Coalbed Methane Reservoirs.

I hereby request the following records:

Please provide any full or partial drafts of the above report that Cadmus produced for EPA. One of them was likely submitted in Dec 2003.

Please provide all emails and other written communication in 2003 and 2004 between any Cadmus staff and Bill Diamond.

Please provide all emails and other written communication in 2003 and 2004 between any Cadmus staff and Leslie Cronkhite.

Please provide all emails and other written communication in 2003 and 2004 between any Cadmus staff and Bruce Kobelski.

The above named individuals worked in the Office of Groundwater, most likely in the office of Underground Injection Control (UIC).

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

Please properly categorize me as in the media requester category for fee assessment purposes.

I am a reporter for Inside Climate News who has extensively covered the topics of this request, and I am filing this request as part of my news gathering process. I would be enormously grateful if I could get the material by Aug 14 2017. If EPA is prioritizing what to give me, top of the list is any draft report by Cadmus.

You can find some of my recent reporting on the EPA and environmental issues at this URL:

https://insideclimatenews.org/author/neela-banerjee

If additional clarification is needed for fee categorization, please let me know. 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,

Neela Banerjee

From: foia_hq@epa.gov

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* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2017-009419
* Requester Name: Neela Banerjee
* Date Submitted: 07/12/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Requesting documents regarding a June 2004 report called Evaluation of Impacts to Underground Sources of Drinking Water by Hydraulic Fracturing of Coalbed Methane Reservoirs.

From: flaharty.stephanie@epa.gov

08/16/2017 12:12 PM FOIA Request: EPA-HQ-2017-009419

To: Neela Banjerjee
Dear Neela,
Thank you for your inquiry regarding the subject FOIA request. We have completed our search and I have spent the last couple of days reviewing captured files for responsiveness. I've also been converting the old Word Perfect files into Word files because FOIAonline does not recognize Word Perfect. I have about 120 files to upload into FOIAonline and plan to have that completed by early next week -- barring no technical glitches.
I see that your FOIA came in on July 12, 2017; however, it was not assigned to us until July 24, 2017. Our response is further delayed because we had to access archival records and convert files. We appreciate your accepting our need to extend our response due date.
My goal is complete our response by next Tuesday, August 22, 2017. You will be able to access the files in FOIAonline once I send you the response letter and the request is closed out (usually the same day). The reason you will not be getting the files via mail (as you did in the last FOIA request) is because we're releasing all records at once, not in partial releases.
You may appeal this response by email at hq.foia@epa.gov, 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 20001. 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 line of your email, the appeal letter, and its envelope, if applicable, should be marked “Freedom of Information Act Appeal.” Additionally, you may seek assistance from EPA’s FOIA Public Liaison at hq.foia@epa.gov 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 20740-6001; email, ogis@nara.gov; telephone, (301) 837-1996 or (877) 684-6448; or fax, (301) 837-0348.
Sincerely,
Steph Flaharty
FOIA Public Liaison

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From: flaharty.stephanie@epa.gov

08/22/2017 07:49 AM FOIA Request: EPA-HQ-2017-009419

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