Emails From EPA Political Appointees (Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5)

Nick Surgey filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5 of the United States of America.
Tracking # EPA-R5-2017-006932
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From: Nick Surgey

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any emails, memos, or other electronic records in the possession of the Acting Regional Administrator, sent to or received from any of the following EPA appointees since January 20, 2017:

1. Bangerter, Layne

2. Beck, Nancy

3. Benton, Don

4. Bennett, Elizabeth "Tate"

5. Bolen, Brittany

6. Bowman, Elizabeth

7. Brown, Byron

8. Davis, Patrick

9. Dravis, Samantha

10. Ericksen, Doug

11. Ford, Haley

12. Freire, JP

13. Ferguson, Lincoln

14. Graham, Amy

15. Greaves, Holly

16. Greenwalt, Sarah

17. Gunasekara, Amanda

18. Hale, Michelle

19. Hupp, Millan

20. Hupp, Syndey

21. Jackson, Ryan

22. Kelly, Albert

23. Konkus, David

24. Kreutzer, David

25. Lyons Troy

26. Munoz, Charles

27. Ringel, Aaron

28. Schwab, Justin

29. Schnare, David

30. Sugiyama, George

31. Wagner, Kenneth

32. Wilcox, Jahan

33. Scott Pruitt

The Center for Media and Democracy is entitled to a fee waiver because it is a news media organization, and because this request for records concerns activities or operations of the government. Disclosure of the requested records will likely increase public understanding of government operations since CMD has the ability and the intention, through the means described below, to effectively convey information contained within the requested records to a broad public audience. Founded in 1993, CMD’s investigative research and reporting has appeared in local and national publications such as the New York Times, the Guardian, and the Washington Post. CMD documents key facts in order to reveal the impact of policies on ordinary people, and has received various awards for its investigative reporting. In addition to using the information from this FOIA request to generate news stories, CMD would distribute information obtained and inform the public at large through various online platforms. CMD publishes information and investigative findings on a near daily basis through CMD’s reporting websites, PRWatch and ExposedbyCMD.

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,

Nick Surgey

From: r5foia@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=090004d2812e528c)
* Tracking Number: EPA-R5-2017-006932
* Requester Name: Nick Surgey
* Date Submitted: 05/05/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Any emails, memos, or other electronic records in the possession of the Acting Regional Administrator, sent to or received from any of the following EPA appointees since January 20, 2017:

From: Clarke, Victoria

Mr. Surgey,

I am writing in regard to your FOIA Request EPA-R5-2017-006932, as well as the request you submitted to Region 3 by email on May 5, 2017, in which you seek "Any emails, memos, or other electronic records in the possession of the Acting Regional Administrator, sent to or received from any of the following EPA appointees since January 20, 2017: 1. Bangerter, Layne 2. Beck, Nancy 3. Benton, Don 4. Bennett, Elizabeth "Tate" 5. Bolen, Brittany 6. Bowman, Elizabeth 7. Brown, Byron 8. Davis, Patrick 9. Dravis, Samantha 10. Ericksen, Doug 11. Ford, Haley 12. Freire, JP 13. Ferguson, Lincoln 14. Graham, Amy 15. Greaves, Holly 16. Greenwalt, Sarah 17. Gunasekara, Amanda 18. Hale, Michelle 19. Hupp, Millan 20. Hupp, Syndey 21. Jackson, Ryan 22. Kelly, Albert 23. Konkus, David 24. Kreutzer, David 25. Lyons Troy 26. Munoz, Charles 27. Ringel, Aaron 28. Schwab, Justin 29. Schnare, David 30. Sugiyama, George 31. Wagner, Kenneth 32. Wilcox, Jahan 33. Scott Pruitt." You did not leave a phone number by which I could call you.

As submitted, your request is not a proper FOIA request because it does not reasonably describe the records sought as required by both the FOIA statute and the Agency's regulations. See 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(3)(A); 40 C.F.R. § 2.102(c). In order for us to process your request, you should "include specific information about each record sought, such as the date, title or name, author, recipient, and subject matter. If known, you should include any file designations or descriptions for the records that you want. The more specific you are about the records or type of records that you want, the more likely EPA will be able to identify and locate records responsive to your request. . ." 40 C.F.R. § 2.102(c).
Please contact me at 202-564-1149 within 10 days of the date of this correspondence so that we can assist in clarifying request. If we do not hear from you by that date, we will consider your request voluntarily withdrawn.

Thank you for your interest in the EPA.

Victoria
Victoria Clarke
Attorney-Advisor
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of General Counsel
Washington, D.C. |7312B WJCN
202-564-1149

From: r5foia@epa.gov

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request EPA-R5-2017-006932 has been fully granted. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on: 05/05/2017
* Fee Waiver Disposition Reason: N/A
* Request Long Description: Any emails, memos, or other electronic records in the possession of the Acting Regional Administrator, sent to or received from any of the following EPA appointees since January 20, 2017:

From: r5foia@epa.gov

05/09/2017 04:21 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R5-2017-006932

From: Nick Surgey

Victoria

Could we schedule a time to get on the phone? I would like to discuss this request, and a number of others that have received the same response.

I am fairly open on Wednesday afternoon if you had some time then. The only time I cant do tomorrow PM is 3-4pm EST.

Thanks,

Nick Surgey

From: r5foia@epa.gov

EPA-R5-2017-006932 has been processed with the following final disposition: No records.

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