Energy Department climate terms

Ryan Koronowski filed this request with the Department of Energy of the United States of America.
Tracking #

HQ-2017-00820-F

Status
Completed

Communications

From: Ryan Koronowski

Dear Sir or Madam:

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

All email correspondence, including attachments, sent or received between January 20, 2017 and March 29, 2017 as well as all records of correspondence, call logs, voicemails and/or voicemail transcriptions, and calendar appointments between January 20, 2017 and March 29, 2017 that meet the following parameters:

(1) Sent or received by Rick Perry, Martin (Marty) J. Dannenfelser, Jr., Jacob L. McCurdy, Taylor G. Playforth, Sidney A. Bowdidge II, Travis S. Fisher, Suzanne R. Jaworowski, Kyle R. Yunaska, Samuel V. Buchan, Tristan C. Abbey, Zacchary Ashcraft, Frederick Boyle, Hunter F. Budd, Brett J. Fetterly, Stanley A. Gerdes, Preston (Wells) Griffith, Patrick Hogan, Patrick W. Johnson, Blaine Kelly, Eric D. Mahroum, Brian McCormack, Richard W. Mies, Kelly Mitchell, Victor H. Reis, Miverva, Salinas, Dan Simmons, Joseph F. Uddo II, Lucas, Wallwork, Daniel K. Wilmot, Sarah E. Habansky, Robert Haus, Kayla D. Hensley, or Doug Matheney; and
(2) Relate to guidance or rules about the use of the terms “climate change,” “emissions reductions,” or “Paris Agreement”

As a representative of the news media I am only required to pay for the direct cost of duplication after the first 100 pages. Through this request, I am gathering information on possible actions taken to ban the use of these terms, as has been reported. That is of current interest to the public as climate change, carbon emissions, and international efforts to reduce them are a matter of public health and welfare, and are currently a subject of national news value (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/energy-department-climate-change-phrases-banned-236655).

This information is being sought on behalf of ThinkProgress.org (an online news service) for dissemination to the general public and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. I am a reporter with ThinkProgress, an online news site with a national audience seeking these documents entirely for news-gathering purposes.

I would like to receive the information in the following format: electronic.

Please waive any applicable fees. Release of the information is in the public interest because climate change, carbon emissions, and international efforts to reduce them are a matter of public health and welfare, and are currently a subject of national news value. 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.

If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act. I will also expect you to release all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material. I, of course, reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to deny a waiver of fees.

As I am making this request as a journalist and this information is of timely value, I would appreciate your communicating with me by email or telephone, rather than by mail, if you have questions regarding this request.

Please provide expedited processing of this request which concerns a matter of urgency. As a journalist, I am primarily engaged in disseminating information. The public has an urgent need for information because climate change is a matter of public health and welfare, and the news that using terms associated with the threat may have been banned would seriously curtail the government’s duty to address it as required by the Clean Air Act.

I certify that my statements concerning the need for expedited processing are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

I look forward to your reply within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ryan Koronowski
202-478-6333
rkoronowski@thinkprogress.org

From: Ruda, Anjelica M. (CONTR)

Dear Mr. Koronowski,

This is in follow up to the voicemail I left you earlier today. I would like the discuss the FOIA request you submitted with the DOE concerning climate change. Please give me a call or let me know a good time to reach you.

Thank you,

Anjelica Ruda, Esq.
Central Research, Contractor to the
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20585
202-586-1355

From: Ruda, Anjelica M. (CONTR)

Dear Mr. Koronowski,

Attached is a copy of the interim letter for your Department of Energy FOIA request HQ-2017-00820-F.

Thank you,

Anjelica Ruda, Esq.
Central Research, Contractor to the
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20585
202-586-1355

From: Ruda, Anjelica M. (CONTR)

Dear Mr. Koronowski,

We are continuing to process your request and search for any documents responsive to your request.

Thank you,

Anjelica Ruda

From: Ruda, Anjelica M. (CONTR)

Dear Mr. Koronowski,

Do you know the program office at DOE for Patrick W. Johnson and Victor H. Reis, and are they currently employed by DOE? I was unable to locate them in our system. If not, do you agree to omit these two individuals from the search?

Thank you,

Anjelica Ruda

From: Ryan Koronowski

Thank you for following up. Mr. Reis listed "senior advisor" on several recent professional pages but if they are outdated and not in the system of current or former employees, it is fine to remove him. However, as he could have been on a beachhead team, is there are a way to search for people who worked at the department after 1/23 but who may not currently be employed at DoE?

Perhaps for Mr. Johnson, the Office of the Secretary would suffice, as he is listed as Assistant to the Secretary on this list of beachhead team members: https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/beachhead

Thank you,

Ryan Koronowski

From: Ruda, Anjelica M. (CONTR)

Dear Mr. Koronowski,

We are continuing to process your request and hope to have a response to you soon. For your request, we will most likely start sending documents in partial responses as we receive and review documents.

For Mr. Reis and Mr. Johnson we will search the Office of the Secretary for their records—in case they already left and that is why they are not currently in the system.

Thank you,

Anjelica Ruda

From: Lukis, Charles (CONTR)

Mr. Koronowski,

I have taken over this case from Ms. Ruda, any further inquiries should be directed toward me.

The best estimate I can offer at this juncture is mid-to-late September.

Further clarification is not needed, our response is being delayed due to the number of email accounts that must be searched in order to fulfill this request. If you would be willing to narrow the request, it would assist us in processing your request in a more timely manner.

Thank you,

Charles Lukis
Central Research, Contractor to the
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20585
202-287-6831

From: Department of Energy

Good Afternoon Mr. Koronowski,

Please find attached DOE's final response to the above referenced FOIA request. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Charles Lukis
Central Research, Contractor to the
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20585
202-287-6831

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