Federal Agency Settlements (Environmental Protection Agency)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America.
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EPA-HQ-2018-001433

Multi Request Federal Agency Settlements
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Absolutely any and all logs, reports, spreadsheets, databases, or other materials detailing all settlements or similar dispute resolutions to which this agency, or any division thereof, was a party, including, but not limited to, all conciliatory agreements related to complaints or court or legal proceedings against any representative of or office of this agency. Please include all available segregable data, including the entities involved, the date on which the initial complaint or court action was brought, the nature of the charge or complaint, the nature of the dispute resolution (i.e. in-court, out-of-court, in-agency mediation, third-party, etc.), any financial agreements associated with the settlement, the date on which the case was closed.

Please provide all available materials from January 1, 2010 through October 31, 2017.

If further clarification should be necessary, feel free to call the MuckRock office at 617-299-1832.

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,

Beryl Lipton

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.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d2816e896c)
* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2018-001433
* Requester Name: Beryl Lipton
* Date Submitted: 11/07/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Requesting any and all logs, reports, spreadsheets, databases, or other materials detailing all settlements or similar dispute resolutions to which this agency, or any division thereof, was a party, including, but not limited to, all conciliatory agreements related to complaints or court or legal proceedings against any representative of or office of this agency from January 1, 2010 through October 31, 2017.

From: Environmental Protection Agency

Ms. Lipton,

Thank you very much for speaking with me today on the phone about a recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that you filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA-HQ-2018-001433). I will be back in touch soon to further discuss clarifying your request.

In the meantime, per our conversation, please see the links below that may contain some of the information that you may be seeking.

- Chart of active environmental cases that EPA's Office of General Counsel (OGC) manages: https://www.epa.gov/programs-and-projects-office-general-counsel-ogc/active-environmental-cases

- Chart of consent decrees and settlement agreements: https://www.epa.gov/programs-and-projects-office-general-counsel-ogc/consent-decrees-and-settlement-agreements

In addition, you may be interested in these documents published by the Government Accountability Office.

- GAO-11-650 http://www.gao.gov/assets/330/322395.pdf

- GAO-15-34 http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/667533.pdf

- GAO-15-803T https://www.gao.gov/assets/680/671846.pdf

If you ever have any questions about this FOIA, please feel free to call or email. Thank you.

Derek Mills, Attorney
Special Assistant, Office of General Counsel
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(202) 564-3341

From: Environmental Protection Agency

RE:  Freedom of Information Act Request EPA-HQ-2018-001433
This letter is in response to your Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") request, EPA-HQ-2018-001433 in which you requested "any and all logs, reports, spreadsheets, databases, or other materials detailing all settlements or similar dispute resolutions to which this agency, or any division thereof, was a party, including, but not limited to, all conciliatory agreements related to complaints or court or legal proceedings against any representative of or office of this agency from January 1, 2010 through October 31, 2017." The Office of General Counsel web page that is responsive to your request is located at https://www.epa.gov/programs-and-projects-office-general-counsel-ogc/consent-decrees-and-settlement-agreements.  You may also want to search https://www.epa.gov/programs-and-projects-office-general-counsel-ogc/active-environmental-cases for any additional cases in OGC's environmental docket.
You may appeal any response to your FOIA request to the National Freedom of Information Officer, U.S. EPA, Records, FOIA and Privacy Branch, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (2822T), Washington, D.C. 20460, email: hq.foia@epa.gov.  Only items mailed through the United States Postal Service may be delivered to 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.  If you are submitting your appeal via hand-delivery, courier service or overnight delivery, you must address your correspondence to 1301 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room 6416J, Washington, D.C. 20001.  Your appeal must be made in writing and it must be submitted no later than 30 calendar days from the date of this letter.  The Agency will not consider appeals received after the 30 calendar day limit.  The appeal letter should include the FOIA number listed above.  For quickest possible handling, the appeal letter and its envelope should be marked "Freedom of Information Act Appeal." (mailto:hq.foia@epa.gov)
Should you have any questions concerning this response, please feel free to call Richard Albores at (202) 564-7102.

From: Environmental Protection Agency

RE:  Freedom of Information Act Request EPA-HQ-2018-001433
This letter is in response to your Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") request, EPA-HQ-2018-001433 in which you requested "any and all logs, reports, spreadsheets, databases, or other materials detailing all settlements or similar dispute resolutions to which this agency, or any division thereof, was a party, including, but not limited to, all conciliatory agreements related to complaints or court or legal proceedings against any representative of or office of this agency from January 1, 2010 through October 31, 2017." The Office of General Counsel web page that is responsive to your request is located at https://www.epa.gov/programs-and-projects-office-general-counsel-ogc/consent-decrees-and-settlement-agreements.  You may also want to search https://www.epa.gov/programs-and-projects-office-general-counsel-ogc/active-environmental-cases for any additional cases in OGC's environmental docket.
You may appeal any response to your FOIA request to the National Freedom of Information Officer, U.S. EPA, Records, FOIA and Privacy Branch, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (2822T), Washington, D.C. 20460, email: hq.foia@epa.gov.  Only items mailed through the United States Postal Service may be delivered to 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.  If you are submitting your appeal via hand-delivery, courier service or overnight delivery, you must address your correspondence to 1301 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room 6416J, Washington, D.C. 20001.  Your appeal must be made in writing and it must be submitted no later than 30 calendar days from the date of this letter.  The Agency will not consider appeals received after the 30 calendar day limit.  The appeal letter should include the FOIA number listed above.  For quickest possible handling, the appeal letter and its envelope should be marked "Freedom of Information Act Appeal." (mailto:hq.foia@epa.gov)
Should you have any questions concerning this response, please feel free to call Richard Albores at (202) 564-7102.

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