EPA evaluations re: Flint, MI

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # EPA-R5-2016-003107 ; EPA-R5-2016-000556
Est. Completion Feb. 28, 2017
Status
Partially Completed

Communications

From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All reports, evaluations, test results, proposed testing, and related materials regarding water supplies and usage in Flint, Michigan.

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 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,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

From: r5foia@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=090004d2809ae029)
* Tracking Number: EPA-R5-2016-000556
* Requester Name: Beryl C. Lipton
* Date Submitted: 10/20/2015
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
All reports, evaluations, test results, proposed testing, and related materials regarding water supplies and usage in Flint, Michigan.

From: r5foia@epa.gov

11/05/2015 02:35 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R5-2016-000556

From: r5foia@epa.gov

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request EPA-R5-2016-000556 has been
denied.
Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on:
10/20/2015
* Request Long Description:
All reports, evaluations, test results, proposed testing, and related materials regarding water supplies and usage in Flint, Michigan.

From: Poy, Thomas

Mr. Lipton:

I am emailing you about your FOIA request - EPA-R5-2016-000556. I need a clarification of what you are requesting. "All reports, evaluations, test results, proposed testing, and related materials regarding water supplies and usage in Flint, Michigan" is very broad, especially the "related materials". Can you please be more specific about what you are looking for? Also, can you please provide a date range for the requested materials?

We will need an extension until December 31, 2015 for when we can provide you with the requested materials. The records are searched electronically and the database is centralized in EPA-HQ.

In addition, I learned on Friday that your request for a fee waiver, which is handled by EPA-HQ was denied. You will be charged for search time and review. Experience with other FOIA searches indicate that we will need a fee commitment for more than $25.

Could you please provide me with a telephone number where you can be reached? It would be easier to explain/discuss things over the phone rather than through emails.

Thank you.
_________________________________________
Tom Poy
Chief, Ground Water and Drinking Water Branch
USEPA - Region 5
(312) 886-5991

From: Poy, Thomas

Hi Ms. Lipton: I want to confirm the items that we discussed on our phone conversation from earlier today.

- You are requesting test results and reports related to lead in Flint, MI drinking water - whether the samples were taken by EPA or by Flint or by MDEQ.

- You are requesting any official letters from EPA to Flint, MI or MDEQ regarding the lead in drinking water situation. You are not looking for emails, phone records, or other communications between EPA and Flint or MDEQ.

- The timeframe for this data from 2005 to the present.

- You are requesting the most recent test results and reports related to other contaminants in Flint, MI drinking water.

- You agree to an extension to December 31, 2015 to process the FOIA you submitted to the Region.

If this accurately captures our conversation/agreement today, please reply back to me.

Also, I checked into EPA-HQ's denial of your fee waiver as we discussed earlier. They should be sending you a letter, which you can appeal. In the meantime, the request is stayed until the appeal is settled or we receive a new fee commitment for more than the original $25.

_________________________________________
Tom Poy
Chief, Ground Water and Drinking Water Branch
USEPA - Region 5
(312) 886-5991

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Mr. Poy,

I apologize for not having confirmed our talking points sooner. Please let me know if further clarification is needed. I hope you're well.

Have a lovely new year,
Beryl

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Mr. Poy,

I just wanted to shoot you a quick message to see if there's anything more needed from me regarding this request.

I hope your transition into the new year has been a pleasant one.

Best wishes,
Beryl

From: Poy, Thomas

Hi Ms. Lipton: Are you still planning to appeal EPA-HQ’s denial of your request for a fee waiver?

Tom

_________________________________________
Tom Poy
Chief, Ground Water and Drinking Water Branch
USEPA - Region 5
(312) 886-5991

From: Beryl Lipton

Hi Mr. Poy,

I would like to appeal. However, I see that I've missed the deadline. What are my options? Should I somehow resubmit?

Thanks so much,
Beryl

From: Poy, Thomas

Hi Ms. Lipton:

I believe without a fee commitment or a fee waiver, the current FOIA request will be closed out. Your best option would be to resubmit your FOIA request and try to get the fee waiver.

_________________________________________
Tom Poy
Chief, Ground Water and Drinking Water Branch
USEPA - Region 5
(312) 886-5991

From: MuckRock

Hello Mr. Poy,

Could you please accept this as a new submission? Or should I send it elsewhere?

Thank you,
Beryl

___________________

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All reports, evaluations, test results, proposed testing, and related materials regarding water supplies and usage in Flint, Michigan.

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 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,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Mr. Poy,

I'm wondering if, alternatively, you could provide me with the fee request. I'm interested in getting these materials as soon as possible.

Thanks so much for your help,
Beryl

From: r5foia@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=090004d280afd5fb)
* Tracking Number: EPA-R5-2016-003107
* Requester Name: Beryl C. Lipton
* Date Submitted: 01/25/2016
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
All reports, evaluations, test results, proposed testing, and related materials regarding water supplies and usage in Flint, Michigan

From: r5foia@epa.gov

EPA-R5-2016-000556 has been processed with the following final disposition: Request withdrawn.

From: r5foia@epa.gov

01/28/2016 05:41 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R5-2016-003107

See the attached Fee Waiver grant letter.
Linda Person, FOIA Specialist

From: r5foia@epa.gov

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request EPA-R5-2016-003107 has been fully granted. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on: 01/25/2016
* Request Long Description: All reports, evaluations, test results, proposed testing, and related materials regarding water supplies and usage in Flint, Michigan

From: r5foia@epa.gov

02/24/2016 11:55 AM FOIA Request: EPA-R5-2016-003107

Dear Mr. Lipton:
Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act request. The Environmental Protection Agency has received numerous Freedom of Information Act requests pertaining to Flint, Michigan drinking water. We are diligently processing these requests.
This letter concerns the above-referenced Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, received by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) on January 25, 2016 in which you requested:
“All reports, evaluations, test results, proposed testing, and related materials regarding water supplies and usage in Flint, Michigan” Unusual Circumstances and Extension of Time
Pursuant to 40 C.F.R. § 2.104(d), an extension of time to respond to your request is necessary. Given the scope of the request, EPA anticipates that the response will require a significant amount of EPA’s resources and time to search for, and appropriately examine the voluminous amount of records to complete this request.
EPA has initiated the coordination of and search for responsive records in our files.  Because of the circumstances described above, it is difficult to predict with certainty how many records may be involved.  Nonetheless, at this time, EPA estimates the Agency will be able to complete this request by August 1, 2016.
Since the time of your request and as of today’s date, EPA has received additional FOIA requests about Flint drinking water including several requests that were approved for expedited processing. These expedited requests will be processed before your request. However, many of the documents that are responsive to those requests will also be responsive to your request. These documents will be made publicly available on a rolling basis as they are produced. Opportunity to Discuss and Modify
Your request does not reasonably describe the records you are seeking in a way that will permit EPA employees to identify and locate them. For example, your request does not specify a date range. Also your request for “related materials” is unclear.
EPA’s FOIA regulations state:
“Whenever possible, your request should include specific information about each record sought, such as the date, title or name, author, recipient, and subject matter. If known, you should include any file designations or descriptions for the records that you want. The more specific you are about the records or type of records that you want, the more likely EPA will be able to identify and locate records responsive to your request.” 40 C.F.R. § 2.102(c).

We would like to provide you the opportunity to discuss the request with us and clarify the records that you are seeking so that EPA can process your request.  As indicated in 40 C.F.R. § 2.102(c), please include or be prepared to discuss any specific information about the records you seek, including time period, authors, or a more detailed description of the records’ subject matter. Processing Fees
You were placed in the “media/educational” fee category, which means you may be charged for duplication costs in accordance with the Agency’s regulations under 40 C.F.R. Part 2, Subpart A. First Response
The following are sources of publicly available information that you can access immediately. These documents may provide you with the information you seek.
*
On January 21, 2016 EPA issued a Safe Drinking Water Act Emergency Order. As part of that Order, EPA committed to make its Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) sampling results available to the public on the Agency's website. The EPA webpage for the Flint Drinking Water Response is: http://www.epa.gov/flint.  All of EPA’s preliminary and final water quality sampling data will be available via a link at this website once the data is posted. (http://www.epa.gov/flint)
* You may access Flint drinking water documents, including the Emergency Order, here: http://www.epa.gov/flint/flint-drinking-water-documents (http://www.epa.gov/flint/flint-drinking-water-documents)
* In addition, there are 248 Flint water records available to the public that were produced in response to a prior FOIA request. You may access these records at the link below: https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request/8096d0bb (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/request/8096d0bb) What Happens Next
The processing clock is stopped for your FOIA request until we receive your clarification or modification
Please respond within ten calendar days from the date of this letter to arrange a time to discuss your request.
You may email Heather Shoven at shoven.heather@epa.gov or Denise Walker at (mailto:shoven.heather@epa.gov) walker.denise@epa.gov with your response or contact Denise Walker at 202-564-6520 (mailto:walker.denise@epa.gov) if you have any further questions. If we do not receive a response from you within this time period, we will consider your request to be voluntarily withdrawn. Once the request is clarified  we will continue processing your FOIA request. If you wish to request information connected to this request in the future, please reference the FOIA request number.
Sincerely,
Denise A. Walker

From: r5foia@epa.gov

From: Beryl Lipton

Hi there,

Thanks so much for your request for clarification. I'm interested in all prior reports, evaluations, test results, proposed testing. Could we say between 1995 and the present? "Related materials" would include any associated amendments, exhibits, etc.

Thanks again!
Beryl

From: r5foia@epa.gov

03/30/2016 03:06 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R5-2016-003107

Dear Mr. Lipton:
Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act request. The Environmental Protection Agency has received numerous Freedom of Information Act requests pertaining to Flint, Michigan drinking water. We are diligently processing these requests.
This letter concerns the above-referenced Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, received by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) on January 25, 2016 in which you requested:
“All reports, evaluations, test results, proposed testing, and related materials regarding water supplies and usage in Flint, Michigan”

From: EPA

Good Morning,
In regards to EPA-R5-2016-003107 no further clarification is needed.
Your records will be available within two weeks. Thank you for your
interest in FOIA.

From: requests@muckrock.com
To: Group R5Foia/R5/USEPA/US@EPA,
Date: 05/02/2016 04:03 AM
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Request #EPA-R5-2016-003107 ;
EPA-R5-2016-000556

May 2, 2016
Environmental Protection Agency
National Freedom of Information Officer
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (2822T)
Washington, DC 20460

This is a follow up to request number EPA-R5-2016-003107 ;
EPA-R5-2016-000556:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 15, 2015. Please let me
know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further
clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number
#EPA-R5-2016-003107 ; EPA-R5-2016-000556.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is
needed.

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On March 30, 2016:
03/30/2016 03:06 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R5-2016-003107

Dear Mr. Lipton:
Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act request. The Environmental
Protection Agency has received numerous Freedom of Information Act
requests pertaining to Flint, Michigan drinking water. We are diligently
processing these requests.
This letter concerns the above-referenced Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) request, received by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA or Agency) on January 25, 2016 in which you requested:
“All reports, evaluations, test results, proposed testing, and related
materials regarding water supplies and usage in Flint, Michigan”

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On March 28, 2016:
Hi there,

Thanks so much for your request for clarification. I'm interested in all
prior reports, evaluations, test results, proposed testing. Could we say
between 1995 and the present? "Related materials" would include any
associated amendments, exhibits, etc.

Thanks again!
Beryl
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On March 16, 2016:

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On Feb. 24, 2016:
02/24/2016 11:55 AM FOIA Request: EPA-R5-2016-003107

Dear Mr. Lipton:
Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act request. The Environmental
Protection Agency has received numerous Freedom of Information Act
requests pertaining to Flint, Michigan drinking water. We are diligently
processing these requests.
This letter concerns the above-referenced Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) request, received by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA or Agency) on January 25, 2016 in which you requested:
“All reports, evaluations, test results, proposed testing, and related
materials regarding water supplies and usage in Flint, Michigan” Unusual
Circumstances and Extension of Time
Pursuant to 40 C.F.R. § 2.104(d), an extension of time to respond to
your request is necessary. Given the scope of the request, EPA
anticipates that the response will require a significant amount of EPA’s
resources and time to search for, and appropriately examine the
voluminous amount of records to complete this request.
EPA has initiated the coordination of and search for responsive records
in our files. Because of the circumstances described above, it is
difficult to predict with certainty how many records may be involved.
Nonetheless, at this time, EPA estimates the Agency will be able to
complete this request by August 1, 2016.
Since the time of your request and as of today’s date, EPA has received
additional FOIA requests about Flint drinking water including several
requests that were approved for expedited processing. These expedited
requests will be processed before your request. However, many of the
documents that are responsive to those requests will also be responsive
to your request. These documents will be made publicly available on a
rolling basis as they are produced. Opportunity to Discuss and Modify
Your request does not reasonably describe the records you are seeking in
a way that will permit EPA employees to identify and locate them. For
example, your request does not specify a date range. Also your request
for “related materials” is unclear.
EPA’s FOIA regulations state:
“Whenever possible, your request should include specific information
about each record sought, such as the date, title or name, author,
recipient, and subject matter. If known, you should include any file
designations or descriptions for the records that you want. The more
specific you are about the records or type of records that you want, the
more likely EPA will be able to identify and locate records responsive
to your request.” 40 C.F.R. § 2.102(c).

We would like to provide you the opportunity to discuss the request with
us and clarify the records that you are seeking so that EPA can process
your request. As indicated in 40 C.F.R. § 2.102(c), please include or
be prepared to discuss any specific information about the records you
seek, including time period, authors, or a more detailed description of
the records’ subject matter. Processing Fees
You were placed in the “media/educational” fee category, which means you
may be charged for duplication costs in accordance with the Agency’s
regulations under 40 C.F.R. Part 2, Subpart A. First Response
The following are sources of publicly available information that you can
access immediately. These documents may provide you with the information
you seek.
*
On January 21, 2016 EPA issued a Safe Drinking Water Act Emergency
Order. As part of that Order, EPA committed to make its Lead and Copper
Rule (LCR) sampling results available to the public on the Agency's
website. The EPA webpage for the Flint Drinking Water Response is:
http://www.epa.gov/flint. All of EPA’s preliminary and final water
quality sampling data will be available via a link at this website once
the data is posted. (http://www.epa.gov/flint)
* You may access Flint drinking water documents, including the Emergency
Order, here: http://www.epa.gov/flint/flint-drinking-water-documents (
http://www.epa.gov/flint/flint-drinking-water-documents)
* In addition, there are 248 Flint water records available to the public
that were produced in response to a prior FOIA request. You may access
these records at the link below:
https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request/8096d0bb
(
https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/request/8096d0bb
) What Happens Next
The processing clock is stopped for your FOIA request until we receive
your clarification or modification
Please respond within ten calendar days from the date of this letter to
arrange a time to discuss your request.
You may email Heather Shoven at shoven.heather@epa.gov or Denise Walker
at (mailto:shoven.heather@epa.gov) walker.denise@epa.gov with your
response or contact Denise Walker at 202-564-6520 (
mailto:walker.denise@epa.gov) if you have any further questions. If we
do not receive a response from you within this time period, we will
consider your request to be voluntarily withdrawn. Once the request is
clarified we will continue processing your FOIA request. If you wish to
request information connected to this request in the future, please
reference the FOIA request number.
Sincerely,
Denise A. Walker

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On Jan. 28, 2016:
Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request EPA-R5-2016-003107 has
been fully granted. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on: 01/25/2016
* Request Long Description: All reports, evaluations, test results,
proposed testing, and related materials regarding water supplies and
usage in Flint, Michigan

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On Jan. 28, 2016:
01/28/2016 05:41 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R5-2016-003107

See the attached Fee Waiver grant letter.
Linda Person, FOIA Specialist

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On Jan. 26, 2016:
EPA-R5-2016-000556 has been processed with the following final
disposition: Request withdrawn.

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On Jan. 25, 2016:
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=090004d280afd5fb
)
* Tracking Number: EPA-R5-2016-003107
* Requester Name: Beryl C. Lipton
* Date Submitted: 01/25/2016
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
All reports, evaluations, test results, proposed testing, and related
materials regarding water supplies and usage in Flint, Michigan

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On Jan. 22, 2016:
Hello Mr. Poy,

I'm wondering if, alternatively, you could provide me with the fee
request. I'm interested in getting these materials as soon as possible.

Thanks so much for your help,
Beryl
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On Jan. 21, 2016:
Hello Mr. Poy,

Could you please accept this as a new submission? Or should I send it
elsewhere?

Thank you,
Beryl

___________________

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All reports, evaluations, test results, proposed testing, and related
materials regarding water supplies and usage in Flint, Michigan.

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 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,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

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On Jan. 20, 2016:
Hi Ms. Lipton:

I believe without a fee commitment or a fee waiver, the current FOIA
request will be closed out. Your best option would be to resubmit your
FOIA request and try to get the fee waiver.

_________________________________________
Tom Poy
Chief, Ground Water and Drinking Water Branch
USEPA - Region 5
(312) 886-5991
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On Jan. 18, 2016:
Hi Mr. Poy,

I would like to appeal. However, I see that I've missed the deadline.
What are my options? Should I somehow resubmit?

Thanks so much,
Beryl
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On Jan. 11, 2016:
Hi Ms. Lipton: Are you still planning to appeal EPA-HQ’s denial of your
request for a fee waiver?

Tom

_________________________________________
Tom Poy
Chief, Ground Water and Drinking Water Branch
USEPA - Region 5
(312) 886-5991
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On Jan. 8, 2016:
Hello Mr. Poy,

I just wanted to shoot you a quick message to see if there's anything
more needed from me regarding this request.

I hope your transition into the new year has been a pleasant one.

Best wishes,
Beryl
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On Jan. 2, 2016:
Hello Mr. Poy,

I apologize for not having confirmed our talking points sooner. Please
let me know if further clarification is needed. I hope you're well.

Have a lovely new year,
Beryl
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On Nov. 17, 2015:
Hi Ms. Lipton: I want to confirm the items that we discussed on our
phone conversation from earlier today.

- You are requesting test results and reports related to lead in Flint,
MI drinking water - whether the samples were taken by EPA or by Flint or
by MDEQ.

- You are requesting any official letters from EPA to Flint, MI or MDEQ
regarding the lead in drinking water situation. You are not looking for
emails, phone records, or other communications between EPA and Flint or
MDEQ.

- The timeframe for this data from 2005 to the present.

- You are requesting the most recent test results and reports related to
other contaminants in Flint, MI drinking water.

- You agree to an extension to December 31, 2015 to process the FOIA you
submitted to the Region.

If this accurately captures our conversation/agreement today, please
reply back to me.

Also, I checked into EPA-HQ's denial of your fee waiver as we discussed
earlier. They should be sending you a letter, which you can appeal. In
the meantime, the request is stayed until the appeal is settled or we
receive a new fee commitment for more than the original $25.

_________________________________________
Tom Poy
Chief, Ground Water and Drinking Water Branch
USEPA - Region 5
(312) 886-5991
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On Nov. 9, 2015:
Mr. Lipton:

I am emailing you about your FOIA request - EPA-R5-2016-000556. I need a
clarification of what you are requesting. "All reports, evaluations,
test results, proposed testing, and related materials regarding water
supplies and usage in Flint, Michigan" is very broad, especially the
"related materials". Can you please be more specific about what you are
looking for? Also, can you please provide a date range for the requested
materials?

We will need an extension until December 31, 2015 for when we can
provide you with the requested materials. The records are searched
electronically and the database is centralized in EPA-HQ.

In addition, I learned on Friday that your request for a fee waiver,
which is handled by EPA-HQ was denied. You will be charged for search
time and review. Experience with other FOIA searches indicate that we
will need a fee commitment for more than $25.

Could you please provide me with a telephone number where you can be
reached? It would be easier to explain/discuss things over the phone
rather than through emails.

Thank you.
_________________________________________
Tom Poy
Chief, Ground Water and Drinking Water Branch
USEPA - Region 5
(312) 886-5991
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On Nov. 5, 2015:
Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request EPA-R5-2016-000556 has
been
denied.
Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on:
10/20/2015
* Request Long Description:
All reports, evaluations, test results, proposed testing, and related
materials regarding water supplies and usage in Flint, Michigan.

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On Nov. 5, 2015:
11/05/2015 02:35 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R5-2016-000556

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On Oct. 20, 2015:
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=090004d2809ae029
)
* Tracking Number: EPA-R5-2016-000556
* Requester Name: Beryl C. Lipton
* Date Submitted: 10/20/2015
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
All reports, evaluations, test results, proposed testing, and related
materials regarding water supplies and usage in Flint, Michigan.

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On Oct. 15, 2015:
To Whom It May Concern:

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

All reports, evaluations, test results, proposed testing, and related
materials regarding water supplies and usage in Flint, Michigan.

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 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,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

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From: r5foia@epa.gov

05/12/2016 03:40 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R5-2016-003107

Dear Ms. Lipton:
At the link below, please find an interim release of a 5155 page PDF and four excel files that contain materials responsive to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. This release may also include materials that the EPA is proactively releasing to you. The release consists of e-mails and attachments pertaining to Flint drinking water, specifically related to “corrosion control” and “lead levels.” It includes documents that have been partially withheld. The reasons for the withholdings are printed over the redactions.  Should you wish to appeal any withholding determination, you will have the opportunity to do so.  We will provide you with appeal rights at the time of the final production. https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request/80afc35f (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/request/80afc35f)
You may email Heather Shoven at shoven.heather@epa.gov or Denise Walker at (mailto:shoven.heather@epa.gov) walker.denise@epa.gov or contact Denise Walker at 202-564-6520 (mailto:walker.denise@epa.gov) if you have any further questions concerning your FOIA request. You may also contact the FOIA liaison at 202-566-1667 . Media inquiries should be directed to Nancy Grantham in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-564-6879
We will continue to provide documents to you on a rolling basis.
Sincerely,
Denise A. Walker

From: r5foia@epa.gov

06/28/2016 04:46 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R5-2016-003107

Dear Beryl Lipton:
At the link below, please find an interim release. The release is 786 pages and consists of Region 5’s 2001, 2002, 2006, and 2009 Program and Enforcement Verification Reports for Michigan DEQ. This release includes materials that the EPA is proactively releasing to you. https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280b2bbca (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280b2bbca)
The 76-page 2010 Michigan Drinking Water Program Review report is publicly available at: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-11/documents/program-review-mdeq-water-bureau-20100830-76pp_0.pdf (https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-11/documents/program-review-mdeq-water-bureau-20100830-76pp_0.pdf)
You may email Heather Shoven at shoven.heather@epa.gov or Denise Walker at (mailto:shoven.heather@epa.gov) walker.denise@epa.gov or contact Denise Walker at 202-564-6520 (mailto:walker.denise@epa.gov) if you have any further questions concerning your FOIA request. You may also contact the FOIA liaison at 202-566-1667 . Media inquiries should be directed to Nancy Grantham in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-564-6879
We will continue to provide documents to you on a rolling basis.
Sincerely,
Denise A. Walker

From: r5foia@epa.gov

07/25/2016 12:23 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R5-2016-003107

Dear FOIA requester:

At the link below, please find an interim release. The release contains publicly releasable personnel records for Susan Hedman, Miguel Deltoral, and Jennifer Crooks. This release includes materials that the EPA is proactively releasing to you.
https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280b2a548 (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280b2a548)

You may email Denise Walker at walker.denise@epa.gov or contact Denise Walker at 202-564-6520 (mailto:walker.denise@epa.gov) if you have any further questions concerning your FOIA request. You may also contact the FOIA liaison at 202-566-1667 . Media inquiries should be directed to Nancy Grantham in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-564-6879

We will continue to provide documents to you on a rolling basis.

Sincerely,
Denise A. Walker

From: r5foia@epa.gov

07/27/2016 05:36 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R5-2016-003107

At the link below, please find an interim release. The release is a 4978 page PDF file that contains materials responsive to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. This release also includes materials that the EPA is proactively releasing to you. The release consists of e-mails and attachments pertaining to Flint drinking water, specifically related to “corrosion control” and “lead levels.” It includes documents that have been partially withheld. The reasons for the withholdings are printed over the redactions.  Should you wish to appeal any withholding determination, you will have the opportunity to do so.  We will provide you with appeal rights at the time of the final production. https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/record?objectId=090004d280d750ee (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/record?objectId=090004d280d750ee)
In addition, we have updated the estimated date of completion for your request to February 28, 2017.
You may email Denise Walker at walker.denise@epa.gov or contact Denise Walker at 202-564-6520 (mailto:walker.denise@epa.gov) if you have any further questions concerning your FOIA request. You may also contact the FOIA liaison at 202-566-1667 . Media inquiries should be directed to Nancy Grantham in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-564-6879
We will continue to provide documents to you on a rolling basis.
Sincerely,
Denise A. Walker

From: r5foia@epa.gov

08/26/2016 11:23 AM FOIA Request: EPA-R5-2016-003107

Dear FOIA requester:
At the links below, please find two interim releases.
The first release is a 1278 page PDF file that contains materials responsive to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. This release also includes materials that the EPA is proactively releasing to you. The release consists of e-mails and attachments pertaining to Flint drinking water, specifically related to “corrosion control” and “lead levels.” https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280afc35f (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280afc35f)
The second release is a 239 page PDF. This release includes materials that the EPA is proactively releasing to you. The release consists of e-mails and attachments pertaining to Flint drinking water, specifically relating to a “draft Flint statement.” https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request/80b8f9b7 (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/request/80b8f9b7)
Both releases include documents that have been partially withheld. The reasons for the withholdings are printed over the redactions.  Should you wish to appeal any withholding determination, you will have the opportunity to do so.  We will provide you with appeal rights at the time of the final production.
You may email Denise Walker at walker.denise@epa.gov or contact Denise Walker at 202-564-6520 (mailto:walker.denise@epa.gov) if you have any further questions concerning your FOIA request. You may also contact the FOIA liaison at 202-566-1667 . Media inquiries should be directed to Nancy Grantham in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-564-6879
We will continue to provide documents to you on a rolling basis.
Sincerely,
Denise A. Walker

From: r5foia@epa.gov

10/04/2016 03:25 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R5-2016-003107

At the links below, please find two interim releases.
The first release is a 2545 page PDF file that contains materials responsive to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. This release also includes materials that the EPA is proactively releasing to you. The release consists of e-mails and attachments pertaining to Flint drinking water, specifically related to “corrosion control” and “lead levels.” This release also includes documents about Legionella. It includes documents that have been partially withheld. The reasons for the withholdings are printed over the redactions.  Should you wish to appeal any withholding determination, you will have the opportunity to do so.  We will provide you with appeal rights at the time of the final production.
Please note that we are uploading this release today and it may be several hours before it is available on FOIAonline. https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280afc35f (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280afc35f)
The second release is 196 pages of PDF records. This release includes materials that the EPA is proactively releasing to you. The release consists of e-mails and attachments pertaining to Flint drinking water, specifically relating to a meeting held at EPA Headquarters. https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request/80b08855 (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/request/80b08855)
You may email Denise Walker at walker.denise@epa.gov or contact Denise Walker at 202-564-6520 (mailto:walker.denise@epa.gov) if you have any further questions concerning your FOIA request. You may also contact the FOIA liaison at 202-566-1667 (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/agency/request/createCorrespondence?requestId=KuDkUfnA5dNC0nLoprAnInK_7EQPAS99#) . Media inquiries should be directed to Nancy Grantham in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-564-6879 (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/agency/request/createCorrespondence?requestId=KuDkUfnA5dNC0nLoprAnInK_7EQPAS99#)
We will continue to provide documents to you on a rolling basis.
Sincerely,
Denise A. Walker

From: r5foia@epa.gov

11/08/2016 03:13 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R5-2016-003107


Dear FOIA requester:

At the link below, please find an interim release.

The release consists of 4 citizen complaints submitted to the agency totaling 8 PDF pages.
https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280b3ab55 (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280b3ab55)

You may contact Denise Walker at walker.denise@epa.gov or at 202-564-6520 (mailto:walker.denise@epa.gov) if you have any further questions concerning your FOIA request. You may also contact the FOIA liaison at 202-566-1667 . Media inquiries should be directed to Nancy Grantham in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-564-6879

We will continue to provide documents to you on a rolling basis.

Sincerely,

Denise A. Walker

From: r5foia@epa.gov

12/21/2016 04:11 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R5-2016-003107

Dear FOIA requester:
At the link below, please find an interim release. The release consists of 32 pdfs totaling 36,270 pages. The release contains materials responsive to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. This release also includes materials that the EPA is proactively releasing to you. The release consists of e-mails and attachments pertaining to Flint drinking water, specifically related to “corrosion control” and “lead levels.” It includes documents that have been partially withheld. The reasons for the withholdings are printed over the redactions.  Should you wish to appeal any withholding determination, you will have the opportunity to do so.  We will provide you with appeal rights at the time of the final production. https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280afc35f (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280afc35f)
You may contact Denise Walker at walker.denise@epa.gov or at 202-564-6520 if you have any further questions concerning your FOIA request. You may also contact the FOIA liaison at 202-566-1667. Media inquiries should be directed to Nancy Grantham in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-564-6879. (mailto:walker.denise@epa.gov)
We will continue to provide documents to you on a rolling basis.
Sincerely,
Denise A. Walker

From: r5foia@epa.gov

03/14/2017 12:42 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R5-2016-003107

Dear FOIA requester:
At the link below, please find an interim release. The release consists of 1 pdf totaling 2179 pages and an audio file of a November 2015 interview with Peter Grevatt for Michigan Public Radio about the Lead and Copper Rule.
The release contains materials responsive to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. This release also includes materials that the EPA is proactively releasing to you. The release contains e-mail correspondence concerning corrosion control, tap water, and records about citizen complaints.
It includes documents that have been partially withheld. The reasons for the withholdings are printed over the redactions.  Should you wish to appeal any withholding determination, you will have the opportunity to do so.  We will provide you with appeal rights at the time of the final production.
PDF: https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/record?objectId=090004d2811b80c7 (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/record?objectId=090004d2811b80c7)
Audio File: https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/record?objectId=090004d2811b80d6 (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/record?objectId=090004d2811b80d6)
As a reminder, this is the link to the website where the Flint water sample results are posted: https://www.epa.gov/flint/flint-water-sampling-objectives#Sequential (https://www.epa.gov/flint/flint-water-sampling-objectives#Sequential)
You may contact Denise Walker at walker.denise@epa.gov or at 202-564-6520 if you have any further questions concerning your FOIA request. You may also contact the FOIA liaison at 202-566-1667. Media inquiries should be directed to Nancy Grantham in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-564-6879. (mailto:walker.denise@epa.gov)
We will continue to provide documents to you on a rolling basis.
Sincerely,
Denise A. Walker

From: r5foia@epa.gov

06/16/2017 04:42 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R5-2016-003107

Dear FOIA requester:
At the link below, please find an interim release. The release consists of 6 pdfs totaling 9484 pages of material responsive to multiple expedited requests. https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280b2a548 (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280b2a548)
This release also includes materials that the EPA is proactively releasing to you.
You may contact Denise Walker at walker.denise@epa.gov or at 202-564-6520 if you have any further questions concerning your FOIA request. You may also contact the FOIA liaison at 202-566-1667. Media inquiries should be directed to Nancy Grantham in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-564-6879.
We will continue to provide documents to you on a rolling basis.
Sincerely,
Denise A. Walker

From: Environmental Protection Agency

11/29/2017 05:39 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R5-2016-003107

FOIA Release November 29, 2017
Dear FOIA requester:
At the link below, please find 7,999 pages of email correspondence and attachments. The records pertainin to Flint drinking water and include materials responsive to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. This release also includes materials that the EPA is proactively releasing to you.  It includes documents that have been partially withheld. The reasons for the withholdings are printed over the redactions.
https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request/80afc35f (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/request/80afc35f)

You may email Denise Walker at walker.denise@epa.gov or contact Denise Walker at 202-564-6520 if you have any further questions concerning your FOIA request. You may also contact the FOIA liaison at 202-566-1667

Additionally, you may seek assistance from EPA’s FOIA Public Liaison at hq.foia@epa.gov or (202) 566-1667 , or from the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS). You may contact OGIS in any of the following ways: by mail, Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, Room 2510, 8610 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001; email, ogis@nara.gov; telephone, (202) 741-5770 or (877) 684-6448 ; or fax, (202) 741-5769

Media inquiries should be directed to Nancy Grantham in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-564-6879

Sincerely,
Denise A. Walker

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