DOE FOIA: nuclear energy federal grant

Matt Kasper filed this request with the Department of Energy of the United States of America.
Tracking # HQ-2017-01559-F, FOIA 17-00194-M
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From: Matt Kasper

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All communication between Department of Energy staff Rick Perry, Brian McCormack, Patricia A. Hoffman, Matthew Moury, Lieutenant General Frank G. Klotz , Dong Kwun Kim, Robert C. Marcum, between SCANA Corporation and its subsidiary South Carolina Electric & Gas (@scana.com) on the topic of nuclear energy reactors, specifically SCANA Corp.'s reactors in South Carolina.

The timeframe of this request is March 1, 2017 through the processing date of this request.

I am requesting a waiver of the fees. The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

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. Also, I have accounts with news outlets including Huffington Post and Republic Report. Past publications on these outlets as proof are available here (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/matt-kasper) and (https://www.republicreport.org/author/matthew/). Additionally, previously FOIAs from the Energy and Policy Institute have been categorized under Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1004.9(b)(3) as a "news media" requester.

The records relate to the recent news published in Axios in the article titled, "Utility made failed plea for billion-dollar nuclear grant." The article states that the Department of Energy has offered a loan guarantee to SCANA Corp., but SCANA Corp. CEO Kevin Marsh said they needed not a loan but a grant of $1 billion. Furthermore, SCANA Corp. said in public testimony (transcript attached) on August 1, 2017, at the South Carolina Public Service Commission, "We went as high as Rick Perry, Secretary of Energy, in the last meeting we had up there, and we’ve not gotten a response. We did hear from the Department of Energy. They called and offered us a DOE loan, which we had evaluated earlier, but that doesn’t help the situation we’re in." These activities are unquestionably operations of the federal government, and the records sought in this request are not already in the public domain. Therefore, the requested records will likely contribute to an understanding of the federal government operations or activities as of the Department of Energy.

The general public is significantly interested in the requested information and how the federal government is evaluating whether or not to financially assist SCANA Corp. and its nuclear reactors after Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy on March 29, 2017. Numerous articles have been published about Westinghouse and SCANA Corp, including UtilityDive (http://www.utilitydive.com/news/summer-nuke-owners-reach-new-construction-agreement-with-westinghouse/445853/), The Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/sc-utilities-halt-work-on-new-nuclear-reactors-dimming-the-prospects-for-a-nuclear-energy-revival/2017/07/31/5c8ec4a0-7614-11e7-8f39-eeb7d3a2d304_story.html?utm_term=.3541c16739cc), and Bloomberg (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-31/scana-to-cease-construction-of-two-reactors-in-south-carolina).

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 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,

Matt Kasper

From: Vayner, Roman (CONTR)

Dear Mr. Kasper,

Attached please find DOE's acknowledgement letter for the above-referenced request. Thank you.
Best,

Roman Vayner, Esq., CIPP/US
FOIA Analyst
Central Research, Inc.
Contractor
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20585
(414) 628-9099

From: Vayner, Roman (CONTR)

Dear Mr. Kasper,

Do you have a few minutes tomorrow to discuss the above requests? If so, please let me know the best time and number for you, and I'd be glad to give you a call.
Thanks,
Roman

Roman Vayner, Esq., CIPP/US
FOIA Analyst
Central Research, Inc.
Contractor
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20585
(414) 628-9099

From: Department of Energy

Dear Mr. Kasper,

The attached PDF completes our response to your request.

Thank you,

Delilah Perez
Government Information Specialist
Office of the General Counsel
NNSA ABQ-Complex
Delilah.Perez@nnsa.doe.gov<mailto:Delilah.Perez@nnsa.doe.gov>

From: Matt Kasper

Hi,

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

Sincerely,
Matt Kasper

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