|Submitted||April 10, 2018|
|Due||May 8, 2018|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
Any and all electronic communication, including carbon copies, and attachments in the electronic communication between Cathy Stepp and representative of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. This request specifically pertains to the six meetings/calls Cathy Stepp, EPA Administrator for Region 5, has had with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality according to her publicly available calendar.
For your search, custodians are limited to: Cathy Stepp, EPA Administrator for Region 5.
I suggest using the following domain for your search: @michigan.gov.
The timeframe of the request is limited to January 4, 2018 and processing date of the request.
I would also like to request any briefing books prepared for Cathy Stepp in advance of the meetings/calls. The meetings/calls took place on January 9, 2018; February 7, 2018; March 2, 2018; March 8, 2018; March 16, 2018 (two took place this day).
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. However, I am requesting a fee waiver. The organization I work for, the Energy and Policy Institute, is a clearinghouse of information and can qualify as a representative of the news media. There are several examples of public record requests that have been provided to my organization and that were then published on our website to inform journalists publishing articles. Additionally, previously FOIAs from the Energy and Policy Institute to federal government agencies have been categorized under Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1004.9(b)(3) as a "news media" requester.
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.
Energy and Policy Institute
PO Box 577764, Chicago, IL. 60657
This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d2818b1974)
* Tracking Number: EPA-R5-2018-006434
* Requester Name: Matt Kasper
* Date Submitted: 04/10/2018
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Any and all electronic communication, including carbon copies, and attachments in the electronic communication between Cathy Stepp and representative of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information Act request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 10, 2018. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #EPA-R5-2018-006434.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.
Your request was assigned to the Office of the Regional Administrator.
I've cc'd the FOIA coordinators for that division so they may provide
you with an update on your request. Thank you.
Great, thank you.
05/18/2018 09:57 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R5-2018-006434
Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request EPA-R5-2018-006434 has been denied. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on: 04/10/2018
* Fee Waiver Disposition Reason: Criteria not met.
* Request Long Description: Any and all electronic communication, including carbon copies, and attachments in the electronic communication between Cathy Stepp and representative of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Is there an update regarding this request?
I have cc'd the contact in the program where your request is being processed so they may provide you with a status update. Thank you.