Email correspondence between EPA and Vermont Environmental Officials

Jasper Craven filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # EPA-R1-2016-005253
Est. Completion None
Status
Fix Required

Communications

From: Jasper Craven

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All email correspondence between EPA officials and the Vermont Governor's office and Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation between March 1, 2016 and March 31, 2016 with the word "PFOA" in the subject line or text of the email

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. 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,

Jasper Craven

From: foia_hq@epa.gov

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=090004d280bea6be)
* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2016-005253
* Requester Name: Jasper Craven
* Date Submitted: 03/31/2016
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Requesting all email correspondence between EPA officials and the Vermont Governor's office and Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation between March 1, 2016 and March 31, 2016 with the word "PFOA" in the subject line or text of the email.

From: schena.cristeen@epa.gov

The FOIA request EPA-HQ-2016-005253 has had its Tracking Number changed to EPA-R1-2016-005253. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2016-005253
* New Tracking Number: EPA-R1-2016-005253
* Requester Name: Jasper Craven
* Date Submitted: 03/31/2016
* Long Description: Requesting all email correspondence between EPA officials and the Vermont Governor's office and Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation between March 1, 2016 and March 31, 2016 with the word "PFOA" in the subject line or text of the email.

From: schena.cristeen@epa.gov

05/02/2016 07:23 AM FOIA Request: EPA-R1-2016-005253

Mr. Craven,
Our staff have informed me that additional time is necessary to respond to your request.  An initial determination will be made by May 16, 2016.  If you have any concerns about this extension please let me know.
Your patience is appreciated.
Sincerely,
Cris Schena, R1 FOI Officer, schena.cristeen@epa.gov (mailto:schena.cristeen@epa.gov)

From: Pechulis, Kevin

Dear Mr. Craven,

I would like to set up a time to discuss your March 31, 2016 FOIA request. In particular, I would like to discuss the scope of your request and the current deadline for a response to your request. Are you available for a call on Friday, May 13, 2016 between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm? If Friday doesn't work for you, please let me know if you have any availability on Monday, May 16, 2016. Thanks.

Regards,

Kevin Pechulis

________________________________
Kevin P. Pechulis
Enforcement Counsel
U.S. EPA - Region 1 (New England)
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100 (Mail Code: OES04-3)
Boston, MA 02109-3912

Tel: 617-918-1612
Fax: 617-918-0612
E-Mail: pechulis.kevin@epa.gov<mailto:pechulis.kevin@epa.gov>

From: Pechulis, Kevin

Dear Mr. Craven,

I wanted to follow-up on my email from yesterday to ask if you have any time today or Monday to discuss your March 31, 2016 FOIA request. Another individual may join me on the call and I am trying to coordinate schedules. Please let me know if there is any time that might work for you. Thanks.

Regards,

Kevin Pechulis

________________________________
Kevin P. Pechulis
Enforcement Counsel
U.S. EPA - Region 1 (New England)
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100 (Mail Code: OES04-3)
Boston, MA 02109-3912

Tel: 617-918-1612
Fax: 617-918-0612
E-Mail: pechulis.kevin@epa.gov<mailto:pechulis.kevin@epa.gov>

From: schena.cristeen@epa.gov

05/19/2016 02:52 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R1-2016-005253

Dear Mr. Craven,

I wanted to follow-up on my emails from Thursday, May 12, 2016 and Friday, May 13, 2016 regarding your March 31, 2016 FOIA request, as I have not received a response from you.

At this point, EPA has determined that there is no need for clarification regarding the scope of your FOIA request.  EPA has also determined there are multiple personnel in multiple offices within EPA Region 1 that may have responsive records to your FOIA request.  In order to conduct the necessary search for and review of responsive records, EPA needs additional time to process your FOIA request.   EPA expects that it will be able to process your request in its current form by Wednesday, June 15, 2016, but EPA will provide the responsive records sooner if the processing is completed at an earlier date.

If it is determined that there will be any billable charges to you for processing the FOIA request, I will contact you in advance for written payment assurance.

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to discuss further.  Thanks.
Regards,

_______________________________ Kevin P. Pechulis
Enforcement Counsel
U.S. EPA - Region 1 (New England)
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100 (Mail Code: OES04-3)
Boston, MA  02109-3912
Tel:      617-918-1612
Fax:      617-918-0612
E-Mail:
pechulis.kevin@epa.gov (mailto:pechulis.kevin@epa.gov)

From: schena.cristeen@epa.gov

05/25/2016 02:50 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R1-2016-005253

Mr. Craven,
The costs associated with processing your request will exceed the $25 originally authorized.  I have been informed by our staff that they are estimating costs to be at least $350.  At this time we will need to receive written payment assurance from you, up to this amount, in order for us to process your request.  A simple email back to me is sufficient.  Your request will be placed on hold pending your reply.  If no response is received by June 15, 2016 we will assume you are no longer interested in the requested information and your case will be administratively closed out.
If costs are expected to exceed this estimate you will be notified in advance in order to allow you to provide additional payment assurance.  If you have questions regarding this estimated amount please contact Attorney Kevin Pechulis  at pechulis.kevin@epa.gov or 617-918-1612. (mailto:pechulis.kevin@epa.gov)
Sincerely,
Cris Schena, R1 FOIA Officer, schena.cristeen@epa.gov (mailto:schena.cristeen@epa.gov)

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