Environmental Reports for Three Formerly Used Defense Sites

Lee O'Connor filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 of the United States of America.
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EPA-R10-2018-008054

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From: Lee O'Connor


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Reports, documents, or photos held by EPA related to the three abandoned Titan I missile bases in central Washington.

1. SITE "A" ODESSA/BATUM
Known in the Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP)- Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) program as
Property Name: LARSON AFB TITAN I MISSILE FACILITY
Property Number: F10WA0349
Site Number: 1 and 2 (two sites)
City: Batum
County: Adams County
State: WA
Category: HTRW and CON/HTRW
Division: NWD
District: NWK

Including, but not limited to a ca. 1986 report by Robert S. Anderson of R.S. Anderson/Land Use Planning and Anton M. Fackelman of Tetra Tech, Inc., under contract to the Seattle District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Also, a ca. 1991 report by Joan Shafer and Mike Svizzero (CENPS-EN-GT-HW).

2. SITE "B" WARDEN
Known in the Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP)- Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) program as
Property Name: LARSON AFB TITAN MISSILE FACILITY S-2
Property Number: F10WA035000
Site Number: Unknown
City: Warden
County: Grant County
State: WA
Category: Unknown
Division: Unknown
District: Unknown

3. SITE "C" ROYAL CITY
Known in the Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP)- Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) program as
Property Name: LARSON AFB TITAN I MISSILE FACILITY S-3
Property Number: F10WA0351
Site Number: 01
City: Royal City
County: Grant County
State: WA
Category: HTRW
Division: NWD
District: NWK

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,

Lee O'Connor

From: Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10

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=090004d28194539f)
* Tracking Number: EPA-R10-2018-008054
* Requester Name: Lee O'Connor
* Date Submitted: 05/25/2018
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Reports, documents or photos held by EPA related to three abandoned Titan I missile bases in central Washington: 1) Odessa/Batum (Larson AFB Titan I Missile Facility) 2) B Warden (Larson AFB Titan Missile Facility S-2) 3) C Royal City (Larson AFB Titan I Missile Facility S-3)

From: Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10

Mr. O'Connor, please see attached letter for more information on the processing of this FOIA request.
Best,
Camille Harper
FOIA Case Manager

From: Lee O'Connor

Hi Camille,

Thank you for your letter.

I do not believe my request falls in the category of commercial, but is better categorized as media or scholar because I am a historian writing a book about the history of the missile bases. Under either of those categories, can the fee be waived or negotiated downwards?

Lee O'Connor

Lee O'Connor is author of Take Cover, Spokane: A History of Backyard Bunkers, Basement Hideaways, and Public Fallout Shelters of the Cold War available at Auntie's Bookstore in Spokane, and on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. He graduated from Sammamish High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in documentary filmmaking and history at the Evergreen State College, and completed a master’s degree in history at Washington State University. During his tenure as a cultural resources specialist with the King County, Washington, Historic Preservation Program he surveyed barns in May Valley and mid-century modern houses in Kenmore. In 2015, he worked with pioneering Spokane-area documentarian Robert L. Pryor to help preserve Pryor's four films of the 1960s and 1970s and share them on YouTube with the expertise of Jeff Tillotson at Lightpress in Seattle who transferred the 16mm films to a digital format. O'Connor currently lives in Seattle where he is writing a book about abandoned underground missile silos in the Columbia Basin, and working on a documentary film based on his book Take Cover, Spokane. His films on YouTube include Colman Pool: From Segregation to Integration, 1941-44 (3:46), Seattle In Time Lapse (3:35), and Snoqualmie Tunnel: A Hike Through Railroad History (2:31). The Washington State Historical Society published a chapter from Take Cover, Spokane, in the spring 2016 issue of their magazine Columbia available at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma and the historical society website.

From: Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10

Mr. O’Connor, your request status as “commercial” was entered in the system when you filled out and submitted the request. The system will default to that status unless otherwise changed, which might explain the confusion. I have changed your status to “other” in the system. Your updated cost estimate is attached. Please review and send me your assurance of payment or any questions you may have.

Thank you,

Camille Harper | FOIA Coordinator
Environmental Protection Agency
Information Services Unit | FOIA Team
1200 Sixth Avenue | OMP-0101
harper.camille@epa.gov<mailto:harper.camille@epa.gov>
r10foia@epa.gov<mailto:r10foia@epa.gov>

From: Lee O'Connor

Thank you for the updated cost estimate. You have my assurance of payment. If possible, please scan the documents and provide them electronically, which I hope will reduce printing costs.

Lee

From: Lee O'Connor


To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $125.00 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10

Mr. O'Conner, can you please call me or provide me a phone number with which I can call you? I have a question regarding your request and the payment we recieved for this request.
Thank you,
Camille Harper
FOIA Case Manager
(206) 553-1385

From: Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10

Mr. O'Conner, please see attached letter for more information on the processing of this FOIA request.
Best,
Camille Harper
FOIA Case Manager

From: Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10

Mr. O'Conner, EPA-R10-2018-008054 has been processed with the following final disposition: Partial Grant/Partial Denial. Please see attached letter for more information on the processing of this FOIA request.
Best,
Camille Harper
FOIA Case Manager

From: Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10

Mr. O'Conner, EPA-R10-2018-008054 has been processed with the following final disposition: Partial Grant/Partial Denial. Please see attached letter for more information on the processing of this FOIA request.
Best,
Camille Harper
FOIA Case Manager

From: Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10

Mr. O'Conner, EPA-R10-2018-008054 has been processed with the following final disposition: Partial Grant/Partial Denial. Please see attached letter for more information on the processing of this FOIA request.
Best,
Camille Harper
FOIA Case Manager

From: Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10

Mr. O'Conner, EPA-R10-2018-008054 has been processed with the following final disposition: Partial Grant/Partial Denial. Please see attached letter for more information on the processing of this FOIA request.
Best,
Camille Harper
FOIA Case Manager

From: Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10

Mr. O'Conner, EPA-R10-2018-008054 has been processed with the following final disposition: Partial Grant/Partial Denial. Please see attached letter for more information on the processing of this FOIA request.
Best,
Camille Harper
FOIA Case Manager

From: Muckrock Staff

Hello Ms. Harper,
Due to FOIA Online being under maintenance when this request was filed, we were unable to create an account under which to file the request, and were forced to file it as a "guest." That being the case, we are unable to log in and download the responsive documents. Can you please either send the documents to this email address as PDF files, or mail them to the following address:

MuckRock, Dept. 54693
411A Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02144

If you need clarification about anything, please call MuckRock's office at 617-299-1832. Thank you so much for your assistance.

From: Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10

Hello, you shouldn't need a FOIAonline account to access the records, as all records uploaded to FOIAonline are open to the public regardless of if you have an account or are logged in. Please try to type the case number in the search box in the upper right hand corner of FOIAonline's home page. You should not need to log in or have an account in order to access the records this way. If this does not give you access to download the records that had been uploaded, please let me know and we can make other arrangements. The link to the updated FOIAonline webpage is below, though any links you may have had previously should automatically reroute.

https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/home

Thank you,
Camille Harper | FOIA Coordinator
Environmental Protection Agency
Information Services Unit | FOIA Team
1200 Sixth Avenue | OMP-0101
harper.camille@epa.gov<mailto:harper.camille@epa.gov>
r10foia@epa.gov<mailto:r10foia@epa.gov>

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