EPA HQ ICE Records

Andrew Free filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #

EPA-2023-001162

EPA-R9-2023-001162

EPA-2023-001162

Due Jan. 18, 2023
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Andrew Free

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Description of Records Sought:

EPA Actions at ICE Contracted Facilities

a Please provide all communications between EPA and GEO regarding potential violations, warnings, or inspections sent or received from January 1, 2019, until the date on which EPA tasks an adequate search.

b Please provide any record showing the total number of EPA investigations at secure facilities operated by The GEO Group, Inc., CoreCivic, Management & Training Corporation, LaSalle Corrections, Akima Global Services, Ahtna, Emerald, or GPS, since January 2017.

Thank you,
Andrew Free
#DetentionKills Transparency Initiative
Al Otro Lado

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,

Andrew Free

From: Environmental Protection Agency

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/submissionDetails?trackingNumber=EPA-2023-001162&type=Request)

* Tracking Number: EPA-2023-001162
* Requester Name:
Andrew Free
* Date Submitted: 12/05/2022
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
To Whom It May Concern:

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

Description of Records Sought:

EPA Actions at ICE Contracted Facilities

a Please provide all communications between EPA and GEO regarding potential violations, warnings, or inspections sent or received from January 1, 2019, until the date on which EPA tasks an adequate search.

b Please provide any record showing the total number of EPA investigations at secure facilities operated by The GEO Group, Inc., CoreCivic, Management & Training Corporation, LaSalle Corrections, Akima Global Services, Ahtna, Emerald, or GPS, since January 2017.

Thank you,
Andrew Free
#DetentionKills Transparency Initiative
Al Otro Lado

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,

Andrew Free

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From: Environmental Protection Agency

12/07/2022
Andrew Free
MuckRock News, DEPT MR137547
263 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA, 02115

requests@muckrock.com
RE: Freedom of Information Act Request - EPA-2023-001162
Hello:
Please see the attached letter.
Sincerely,

National FOIA Office
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

From: Environmental Protection Agency

12/15/2022
Andrew Free
MuckRock News, DEPT MR137547
263 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA, 02115

requests@muckrock.com
RE: Freedom of Information Act Request - EPA-2023-001162
Hello:
This letter concerns the above-mentioned Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National FOIA Office (NFO) on 12/05/2022. You are seeking the following records: To Whom It May Concern: Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records: Description of Records Sought: EPA Actions at ICE Contracted Facilities a Please provide all communications between EPA and GEO regarding potential violations, warnings, or inspections sent or received from January 1, 2019, until the date on which EPA tasks an adequate search. b Please provide any record showing the total number of EPA investigations at secure facilities operated by The GEO Group, Inc., CoreCivic, Management & Training Corporation, LaSalle Corrections, Akima Global Services, Ahtna, Emerald, or GPS, since January 2017. Thank you, Andrew Free #DetentionKills Transparency Initiative Al Otro Lado 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, Andrew Free Upload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/
Your FOIA request was assigned for processing. If you have any questions about your request, please contact the office mentioned below and reference your FOIA request tracking number EPA-2023-001162. Region 9 FOIA Program: You may contact Region 9’s Clarice Jackson at 415-972-3402 or jackson.clarice@epa.gov.
If you need any further assistance or would like to discuss any aspect of your request, you may seek assistance from EPA’s FOIA Public Liaison at hq.foia@epa.gov or call (202) 566-1667. You may also seek assistance 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, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001; email: ogis@nara.gov; telephone: (202) 741-5770 or (877) 684-6448; or fax: (202) 741-5769. For all media inquiries, please contact press@epa.gov.

Sincerely,

National FOIA Office
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

From: Environmental Protection Agency

The FOIA request EPA-2023-001162 has had its Tracking Number changed to EPA-R9-2023-001162. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:

* Old Tracking Number:
EPA-2023-001162
* New Tracking Number:
EPA-R9-2023-001162
* Requester Name:
Andrew Free
* Date Submitted:
12/05/2022
* Long Description:
To Whom It May Concern:

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

Description of Records Sought:

EPA Actions at ICE Contracted Facilities

a Please provide all communications between EPA and GEO regarding potential violations, warnings, or inspections sent or received from January 1, 2019, until the date on which EPA tasks an adequate search.

b Please provide any record showing the total number of EPA investigations at secure facilities operated by The GEO Group, Inc., CoreCivic, Management & Training Corporation, LaSalle Corrections, Akima Global Services, Ahtna, Emerald, or GPS, since January 2017.

Thank you,
Andrew Free
#DetentionKills Transparency Initiative
Al Otro Lado

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,

Andrew Free

Upload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/

From: Environmental Protection Agency

The FOIA request EPA-R9-2023-001162 has had its Tracking Number changed to EPA-2023-001162. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:

* Old Tracking Number:
EPA-R9-2023-001162
* New Tracking Number:
EPA-2023-001162
* Requester Name:
Andrew Free
* Date Submitted:
12/05/2022
* Long Description:
To Whom It May Concern:

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

Description of Records Sought:

EPA Actions at ICE Contracted Facilities

a Please provide all communications between EPA and GEO regarding potential violations, warnings, or inspections sent or received from January 1, 2019, until the date on which EPA tasks an adequate search.

b Please provide any record showing the total number of EPA investigations at secure facilities operated by The GEO Group, Inc., CoreCivic, Management & Training Corporation, LaSalle Corrections, Akima Global Services, Ahtna, Emerald, or GPS, since January 2017.

Thank you,
Andrew Free
#DetentionKills Transparency Initiative
Al Otro Lado

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,

Andrew Free

Upload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/

From: Environmental Protection Agency

Greetings Andrew,

I've been asked to follow up with you about the portion of your FOIA request asking for information on EPA Actions at ICE contracted facilities. Other colleagues of mine are handling your requests for communications between EPA and the GEO Group and will be in touch prior to the FOIA due date.

I've attached a guidance doc outlining how to find this information in ECHO<https://echo.epa.gov/>. I'm happy to schedule a Teams meeting to discuss this in more detail.

I available today 2:00-3:30 PM EST and 4:00-5:00 PM EST and then I'm on leave until January 3rd.

The week of January 1st, I'm available the following times:
Tuesday 1/3 Noon-1:00 PM EST, 3:00-4:00 PM EST
Wednesday 1/4 11:00 AM - Noon EST, 12:30 PM-2:00 PM EST

If we need to meet the first week of January or later, can you please agree to extend the FOIA due date by two weeks (until 1/20)? You can extend the due date by replying to me and confirming the extension is acceptable.
Regards,

Rusty

Russell Wasem (he, him, his)
U.S. EPA / Office of Compliance / National Targeting Center
(202) 564-7096

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From: Environmental Protection Agency

Hello Andrew,

As noted below, our primary contact for this request is on vacation until the New Year. Can you reply back on a) whether you agree to an extension until January 20, b) whether the information provided Russell is sufficient and you are willing to withdraw the FOIA, or c) whether you require a response immediately. Thanks.

Mike Barrette
Chief, Integration Targeting and Access Branch
US EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance

From: Andrew Free

Greetings, Rusty!

We’ll call you at the number provided at 2pm EST.

Thank you for this extraordinarily helpful and transparent response. It is a breath of FOIA-fresh air.

From: Andrew Free

Good morning,

We agree to an extension until 1/20. Thanks for reaching out. We think this information will end up being sufficient but haven’t had a chance to run it by our partners to confirm. Will talk after the New Year.

Take care!

Andrew Free
#DetentionKills Transparency Initiative
Al Otro Lado

From: Environmental Protection Agency

12/28/2022
Andrew Free
MuckRock News, DEPT MR137547
263 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA, 02115

requests@muckrock.com
RE: Freedom of Information Act Request - EPA-2023-001162
Hello:
This letter concerns the above-mentioned Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National FOIA Office (NFO) on 12/05/2022. The requets ha sbeen reassigned from Region 9 to the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance FOIA Program (OECA).

Sincerely,

Kevin Hill
National FOIA Office
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

From: Environmental Protection Agency

Hello Andrew - The above FOIA was reassigned to the Waste and Chemical Enforcement Division within the EPA's Office of Civil Enforcement. Preliminarily, we believe Part A of your request is duplicative relative to requests EPA-R9-2023-000949 and EPA-R10-2023-001212. In addition, we believe the records requested under Part B, are available through https://echo.epa.gov/ by following the instructions provided by my colleague Russell Wasem . Please contact me at your earliest convenience to discuss potential clarifications, modifications, or withdrawal of EPA-2023-001162.
Regards,

Royan Teter, Chief
Pesticides and Tanks Enforcement Branch
OECA/OCE/WCED
(202) 564-0940

From: Environmental Protection Agency

Hello Andrew,

I'm following up with you as to whether you were able to confirm with your partners the sufficiency of the information we have already provided relative to your request. As noted in my January 17, 2023, communication, we believe that Part A is duplicative relative to your parallel requests to Regions 9 and 10, and that the information available on ECHO meets Part B of your request. Please respond to this message by Monday (January 30, 2023) if you require an extension on this request. If no response is received, the Agency will close your request.

Sincerely,

Royan Teter, Chief
Pesticides and Tanks Enforcement Branch
OECA/OCE/WCED
(202) 564-0940

From: Andrew Free

Royan:

Confirmed. We agreed. Thank you for your response.

Andrew Free
#DetentionKills Transparency Initiative
Al Otro Lado

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