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From: Jason Koebler

To Whom It May Concern:

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, I request a copy of records describing or identifying which data or records has been removed from the public agency website (www.epa.gov and other domains the agency controls) since January 20, 2017. These records are likely found in the offices that maintain content on the public website.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. They will be used in the course of reporting for Motherboard, VICE Media's science and tech site (www.motherboard.vice.com).

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, and I request that this be processed in the "media" fee category. 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,

Jason Koebler

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=090004d2811698e4)
* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2017-003916
* Requester Name: Jason Koebler
* Date Submitted: 02/14/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Requesting a copy of records describing or identifying which data or records has been removed from the public agency website (www.epa.gov and other domains the agency controls) since January 20, 2017.

From: Clarke, Victoria

Dear Mr. Koebler,

EPA received and acknowledged your FOIA request, EPA-HQ-2017-003916, submitted on February 14, 2017 via FOIA Online.

Immediately following the 2017 Presidential inauguration, the agency received numerous FOIA requests regarding historic versions of the EPA website. To respond to these requests for information, EPA has re-posted a snapshot of the EPA website as it existed on January 19, 2017.

* This action is similar to the web snapshot taken of the previous administration's WhiteHouse.gov site that is publically available on the National Archives and Records Administration's web site.
* The EPA snapshot (19January2017Snapshot@epa.gov<mailto:19January2017Snapshot@epa.gov>) is now available on the current EPA web page in the footer, under "Discover," or from the "Frequently Requested Information" portion of the FOIA page.

The information provided in the January 19, 2017 Web Snapshot may provide the information you seek. If it does not, as your request was submitted, it is not a proper 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).

If the January 19, 2017 Web Snapshot does not provide the information you seek, please contact me 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.

We hope this information is helpful to you and we appreciate your interest in EPA.

Thank you,
Victoria

Victoria Clarke
Attorney-Advisor
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of General Counsel
Washington, D.C. |7312B WJCN
202-564-1149

From: Jason Koebler

Does the EPA and will the EPA keep specific notes on which pages are being changed or deleted?

From: Clarke, Victoria

Mr. Koebler,

Thank you for your response. Please give me a call at 202-564-1149 so that we can discuss your question further.

Thank you!
Victoria

Victoria Clarke
Attorney-Advisor
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of General Counsel
Washington, D.C. |7312B WJCN
202-564-1149

From: sandfoss.kristina@epa.gov

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request No. EPA-HQ-2017-003916
This letter is following up on previous correspondence sent to you on March 13, 2017 and concerns the above-referenced Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, received by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on February 14th, 2017 via FOIA OnLine.
We would like to provide you the opportunity to clarify the records that you are seeking.  This FOIA request is tolled until we receive your clarification or modification.  Please respond to this request for clarification or modification within ten calendar days from the date of this letter.  Once we receive your clarification or modification, we will continue processing your FOIA request.  If we do not receive a response from you within this time period, we will consider your request to be voluntarily withdrawn.
Please contact me at 202-564-7177 or Victoria Clarke at 202-564-1149 with clarification or to further discuss your request.

From: sandfoss.kristina@epa.gov

EPA-HQ-2017-003916 has been processed with the following final disposition: Request withdrawn.

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