Environmental Protection Agency Drone Documents

Drone Watch filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America .
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From: Drone Watch

To Whom It May Concern:

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

1. any requests for proposals, proposals submitted by vendors, contracts, budgets or cost allocations for the purchase, research of and/or use of aerial drones, UAs, UAVs, and UASs (hereinafter “drones”);

2. any policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on institutional use of drones, including on the legal process required (such as a warrant or court order), if any, before operating a drone;

3. any departmental records concerning this institution's use of and/or research of drones now or plans to use drones in the future including:

a. the types of investigations or instances in which this department is using or plans to use drones, or how it plans to support, manage or oversee the usage of drones by another department or office;

b. policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on storage requirements or procedures for video or static images obtained through use of drones, including retention times;

c. the altitude at which drones can or do fly;

d. drones’ ability to carry weapons.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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.


Shawn Musgrave

From: warden.vivian@epa.gov

01/18/2013 11:09 AM FOIA Request: EPA-HQ-2013-002768

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 14, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Warden, Vivian

Mr. Musgrave: Your status request (below) has been forwarded to the OECA office that is responding to your request. They will be in contact with you. If you do not hear from them, or if you have any other questions, please call Tom Seaton at 202-564-2544. Thank you.

From: Morgan, James

Please contact me regarding your FOIA to EPA about drones

J.T. Morgan, Jr.


Office of Criminal Enforcement


Mail Code 2232A

1200 Penn. Ave., N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20004

From: Drone Watch


I called today and left a voicemail for Mr. Morgan. Is there a particular question regarding our FOIA request?

Shawn Musgrave

From: redhead.laurice@epa.gov

04/05/2013 07:23 PM FOIA Request: EPA-HQ-2013-002768

Good evening Mr. Musgrave,
This is to inform you that our response to your FOIA request, dated March 21, 2013, has been returned to the Agency by UPS with the following reason for return:
We were specific in addressing our response to you as outlined in your January 14, 2013, letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as follows:
Mr Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 2503
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA  02205-5819
As an advance notice, in order to provide you with a timely response commensurate with your appeal rights, this letter will be redated and resubmitted to you via FOIA ONLINE.
Thank you for  your patience and continued interest in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

From: redhead.laurice@epa.gov

04/10/2013 04:40 PM FOIA Request: EPA-HQ-2013-002768

Good afternoon Mr. Musgrave,
Please find attached the Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training's response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.  As you were informed earlier, our initial response to your FOIA was returned.  Our initial response was redated to protect the timeliness of your Appeal rights.
Thank you for your continued interest in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.