Emails from info@vice-mag.com to Brian Melzian

Adrianne Jeffries filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # HQ-2016-000669
Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Adrianne Jeffries

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I'm seeking any emails sent from info@vice-mag.com to Melzian.Brian@epa.gov.

Brian Melzian attempted to sign up for the daily Motherboard Premium newsletter, which delivers five stories on technology and science in the afternoon.

Melzian says he has not received the emails and that they were not sent to his junk or spam folder. I would like to confirm this.

This request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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,

Adrianne Jeffries

From: Adrianne Jeffries

An addendum to my FOIA request on 10/23/2015 for emails sent from info@vice-mag.com to Melzian.Brian@epa.gov:

Please include any emails from info@vice-mag.com that were intended for Brian, but re-directed to a quarantine, spam folder, or elsewhere on the EPA's server(s).

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=090004d2809bfa5f)
* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2016-000669
* Requester Name: Adrianne Jeffries
* Date Submitted: 10/23/2015
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
Requesting emails sent from info@vice-mag.com to Melzian.Brian@epa.gov. Please include any emails from info@vice-mag.com that were intended for Brian, but re-directed to a quarantine, spam folder, or elsewhere on the EPA's server(s).

From: ORD_FOIA_Requester_Emails.@epa.gov

11/05/2015 02:37 PM FOIA Request: EPA-HQ-2016-000669

From: ORD_FOIA_Requester_Emails.@epa.gov

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request EPA-HQ-2016-000669 has been
denied.
Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on:
10/23/2015
* Request Long Description:
Requesting emails sent from info@vice-mag.com to Melzian.Brian@epa.gov. Please include any emails from info@vice-mag.com that were intended for Brian, but re-directed to a quarantine, spam folder, or elsewhere on the EPA's server(s).

From: ORD_FOIA_Requester_Emails.@epa.gov

EPA-HQ-2016-000669 has been processed with the following final disposition: Full grant.
Records were released to the public as a result of this request. You may retrieve these records immediately using the following link: View Records.Over the next 2 hours, these records are also being added to FOIAonline's search pages, further enabling you to retrieve these documents associated with your FOIA request at any time. (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d2809bfa5f)

From: Adrianne Jeffries

Hi,

This is an appeal of my fee categorization and fee assessment for request EPA-HQ-2016-000669.

I was miscategorized as a commercial requester after explicitly stating that I was not making the request for commercial purposes. I am a journalist and was filing this request in my capacity as a journalist and managing editor of Motherboard, a news organization well known for its original reporting.

You can see much of my reporting work here:

http://motherboard.vice.com/author/adrianne

Motherboard, part of VICE Media, is a widely read, highly cited news source that informs a broad audience of topics of general interest on the operations of government, and my work with them clearly puts me in the news media fee category.

Additionally, in my original letter I asked that I be notified of fees in advance. The agency failed to do this, instead notifying me of fees of only after fulfilling my request, denying me the opportunity to agree or disagree to pay the fees, an opportunity that was specifically asked for in my original request.

When properly placed in the media fee category, I believe there will be no assessible fees since the released documents total less than 100 pages.

Thank you for your consideration,

Adrianne

From: Environmental Protection Agency

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.

From: blair.shirley@epa.gov

EPA-HQ-2016-001611 has been processed with the following final disposition: Affirmed on Appeal.

From: Environmental Protection Agency

A letter stating that the request appeal has been rejected.

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