Environmental Protection Agency records on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

David Hains filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America.
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Due June 20, 2017
Est. Completion Nov. 16, 2018
Awaiting Response


From: David Hains

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any communications, memos or records since January 20, 2017 from Scott Pruitt or Mike Flynn related to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

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.


David Hains

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=090004d28133457c)
* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2017-007662
* Requester Name: David Hains
* Date Submitted: 05/23/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Requesting any communications, memos or records since January 20, 2017 from Scott Pruitt or Mike Flynn related to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.



Please reply to requester re FOIA request status. Thank you

FOIA, Libraries & Accessiblity Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(202) 566-1667

From: Environmental Protection Agency

This email is about your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, EPA-HQ-2017-007662; it is assigned to the Office of the Administrator for processing.
The Office of the Administrator has experienced a significant increase in FOIA requests since the start of this administration. As of May 7, 2018, your FOIA request, EPA-HQ-2017-007662, is currently 379 in the queue. We are processing all FOIAs within the scope of our resources, given the sharp increase in requests. If possible, we will provide you with interim releases as they become available.
In fiscal year 2017, the average processing time for complex FOIA requests processed by AO was 388 working days. Using this number as instructive to estimate the time to process your request, the new estimated completion date for this FOIA is November 16, 2018.
The following are some sources of publicly available information that you can access immediately and which may contain information responsive to your request: • Our website: https://www.epa.gov/home/advanced-search
• The EPA newsroom: https://www.epa.gov/newsroom
• FOIAonline for records previously released through FOIA requests: https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/search/
• Frequently requested records: https://www.epa.gov/foia/national-online-foia-library#request
• MyProperty: https://www3.epa.gov/enviro/facts/myproperty/
• Technical/scientific/educational publications: https://www.epa.gov/nscep
• Superfund sites and data: https://www.epa.gov/foia/national-online-foia-library#superfund
• Historical material reflecting the EPA website as it existed on January 19, 2017 https://19january2017snapshot.epa.gov/

If you wish to clarify your request, so that once we reach the request in the queue, it might be processed in a shorter amount of time, please contact Christopher Creech, Creech.Christopher@epa.gov. If you are no longer interested in the requested records, please let us know so that we can remove your request from the queue. Please be sure to include your tracking number, EPA-HQ-2017-007662, in the email subject to ensure a timely response.
In addition to seeking assistance from the contact above, you may seek assistance from the EPA’s FOIA Public Liaison at hq.foia@epa.gov or (202) 566-1667, or from the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS). OGIS’s services are described on their website, https://www.archives.gov/ogis. You may contact OGIS in any of the following ways: by mail, Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, MD 20740-6001; email: ogis@nara.gov; telephone: (202) 741-5770 or (877) 684-6448; or fax: (202) 741-5769.
Thank you,
Christopher Creech

From: Environmental Protection Agency

David Hains - I am emailing to assess your interest in still receiving a response to the above listed FOIA request you sent to EPA on 5/23/2017. Obviously - we are late responding. The Agency is trying to triage the best way to address our backlog and we are first reaching out to all requesters to determine if you are still interested in this FOIA given how old it is.

Please let me know.

Lena Ferris
Office of the Administrator
202 564 8831