EPA Mirror Website Information

Sarah Lamdan filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America.
Due Aug. 24, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Sarah Lamdan

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All records related to the posting of the mirror EPA website reflecting a "snapshot" of the website as it existed on January 19, 2017, including all FOIA requests for the mirror, processing notes for those requests, and any discussion, including but not limited to emails and memos, about the posting of the mirror website, including the EPA statement or communication including the statement:

"Immediately following the 2017 Presidential inauguration, the agency received numerous FOIA requests regarding historic versions of the EPA website. The Agency is making its best reasonable effort to 1) preserve agency records that are the subject of a request; 2) produce requested agency records in the format requested; and 3) post frequently requested agency records in electronic format for public inspection. To meet these goals, EPA has re-posted a snapshot of the EPA website as it existed on January 19, 2017."

A news article containing this statement and more information about the mirror website is linked here: https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/16/the-epa-posted-a-backup-of-its-website-dated-just-before-inauguration-day/

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,

Sarah Lamdan

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=090004d2812d3c6c)
* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2017-006788
* Requester Name: Sarah Lamdan
* Date Submitted: 05/02/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Requesting all records related to the posting of the mirror EPA website reflecting a "snapshot" of the website as it existed on January 19, 2017.

From: Dolph, Becky

Dear Ms. Lamden: I am writing in regard to your FOIA Request EPA-HQ-2017-006788 in which your seek the following:

All records related to the posting of the mirror EPA website reflecting a "snapshot" of the website as it existed
on January 19, 2017, including all FOIA requests for the mirror, processing notes for those requests, and any
discussion, including but not limited to emails and memos, about the posting of the mirror website, including
the EPA statement or communication including the statement:
"Immediately following the 2017 Presidential inauguration, the agency received numerous FOIA requests
regarding historic versions of the EPA website. The Agency is making its best reasonable effort to 1) preserve
agency records that are the subject of a request; 2) produce requested agency records in the format requested;
and 3) post frequently requested agency records in electronic format for public inspection. To meet these goals,
EPA has re-posted a snapshot of the EPA website as it existed on January 19, 2017.".

Your request as submitted is not a proper FOIA request because it does not reasonably describe the records sought as required by both the FOIA statute and the Agency's regulations. See 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(3)(A); 40 C.F.R. § 2.102(c). In order for us to process your request, you 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).

I note that FOIA requests received by the Agency and the Agency's responses to those requests are available to the public on FOIAonline at https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/home.

You did not provide a telephone number at which you could be contacted. Please contact me at 202-564-5771 within 10 days of the date of this correspondence so that we can assist in clarifying request. If we do not hear from you by that date, we will consider your request voluntarily withdrawn.

Thank you for your interest in EPA.

Becky Dolph

Becky Dolph | Director, FOIA Expert Assistance Team Office
U.S Environmental Protection Agency
Office of General Counsel | 7309B WJCN | 202-564-5771

From: Sarah Lamdan

Ms. Dolph, We are quite sorry for the delay. I left you a voicemail on your work line just now. I am working with Sarah Lamdan on some pending FOIA requests. I hope we can email or talk soon. My cell is 310-890-9260 and my email is Jon.Neustadter@Gmail.com (or you can of course reply here via Muckrock). Thank you. Jon

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