Fissile and Radioactive Material Proliferation Prevention in Kazakhstan Documents

Derek Mead filed this request with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # 15-090
Status
Rejected

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From: Derek Mead

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Documents, between 2009 and 2014, relating to the execution of the "Fissile and Radioactive Material Proliferation Prevention" program within the Cooperative Threat Reduction program, specifically operations conducted around Degelen Mountain at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, and is not being made for commercial usage. It will also be used in reporting for Vice, a magazine and online media outlet. The purpose of my inquiry is to inform the public about an important set of historical events surrounding the disposition and protection of a sensitive former nuclear site, a set of events that can help illustrate the role that the US government plays in global nuclear security.

As such, I am seeking a fee waiver, under § 552(a)(4)(A)(iii). 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,

Alex Pasternack

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 10, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: DTRA Ft Belvoir J0 Mailbox EFOIA Privacy

Dear Mr. Pasternack

This notification email confirms that Defense Threat Reduction Agency/USSTRATCOM Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (DTRA/SCC-WMD) received your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated June 10, 2015 regarding documents between 2009 and 2014 relating to the execution of the "Fissile and Radioactive Material Proliferation Prevention" program within the Cooperative Threat Reduction program, specifically operations conducted around Degelen Mountain at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan.

The fee waiver will be determined after the search. In the event the fee waiver is denied, we need a fee agreement. The FOIA requires that requestors provide a willingness to pay all assessable fees.

Please respond to this message with either a willingness to pay all assessable fees or a maximum amount you are willing to pay, no later than July 28, 2015. If we find that this amount will not cover the cost of processing your request, we will let you know before we incur additional charges. You can then either agree to pay the additional amount needed or narrow the scope of your request.

Once we receive the information requested above, we will be able to start processing your request. If you have any questions, please contact me at 703-767-1792 or email dtra.belvoir.J0.efoia-privacy@mail.mil.

Angela L. Wiggins
Government Information Specialist
Office of the General Counsel
DTRA/SCC-WMD
703-767-1792/DSN 427 (Office)

From: MuckRock

Hello,

Please consider this message notification of willingness to incur fines up to $25 and willingness to reconsider for fee estimates exceeding that amount.

Thank you.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 10, 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 #15-090.

Thank you for your help.

From: DTRA Ft Belvoir J0 Mailbox EFOIA Privacy

Dear Mr. Pasternack
FOIA Request Case# 15-090 is in the processing que. As a reminder, FOIA requests are processed in the order they are received, currently there are approximately 58 pending FOIA requests that were received before your request, and 16 of those are assigned to me. We will keep you posted on the status of your request.

Angela

From: DTRA Ft Belvoir J0 Mailbox EFOIA Privacy

DTRA Ft Belvoir J0 Mailbox EFOIA Privacy would like to recall the message, "Freedom of Information Request #15-090".

From: DTRA Ft Belvoir J0 Mailbox EFOIA Privacy

Dear Mr. Pasternack
FOIA Request Case# 15-090 is in the processing que. As a reminder, FOIA requests are processed in the order they are received, currently there are approximately 54 pending FOIA requests that were received before your request, and 14 of those are assigned to me. We will keep you posted on the status of your request.

Angela

From: DTRA Ft Belvoir J0 Mailbox EFOIA Privacy

Dear Mr. Paternack
This email is to provide you a copy of your Acknowledgment Letter for FOIA Case# 15-090, see attached and to update you on the status of your FOIA request. Your request is in the processing que. As a reminder, FOIA requests are processed in the order they are received, currently there are approximately 54 pending FOIA requests that were received before your request, and 14 of those are assigned to me. We will keep you posted on the status of your request.

Sincerely
Angela

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 10, 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 #15-090.

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

From: DTRA Ft Belvoir J0 Mailbox EFOIA Privacy

Dear Mr. Pasternack
Your request is in the processing que. As a reminder, FOIA requests are processed in the order they are received, currently there are approximately 44 pending FOIA requests that were received before your request, and 12 of those are assigned to me. We will keep you posted on the status of your request.

Sincerely
Angela

From: DTRA Ft Belvoir J0 Mailbox EFOIA Privacy

Dear Mr. Pasternack
Your request is in the processing queue and is currently being worked. A general search or your request for documents between 2009 and 2014 relating to the execution of the Fissile and Radioactive Material Proliferation Prevention program, resulted in a voluminous amount of records. Therefore, further clarification is needed to narrow the scope of your request. The more specific the request describes the records sought, the greater likelihood DTRA/SCC-WMD will be able to locate those records. Please provide us with additional information to better describe the documents sought.
Thanks
Angela

From: Wiggins, Angela L CIV (US)

Mr. Pasternack
I am following up on your request, regarding the below email for clarification.

Angela

From: Derek Mead

Dear Angela:
Thanks for your help. I'm interested specifically in records that discuss security threats (like scavenging and theft) at Degelen Mountain, as well as the purchase and installation of protective measures (including security systems, surveillance equipment, fences, and signage), as well as any analysis of the proliferation risks that are posed by the plutonium at Degelen and in the immediate surrounding area.

Thank you,
Alex Pasternack

From: DTRA Ft Belvoir J0 Mailbox EFOIA Privacy

Dear Mr. Pasternack
Your FOIA Request, Case# 15-090 is currently being worked. The estimated completion date for your is March but I hope to have it finalized before that time. No additional information is needed at this time.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

Sincerely
Angela

From: DTRA Ft Belvoir J0 Mailbox EFOIA Privacy

Dear Mr. Pasternack
Your FOIA request case number 15-090 is being worked. Documents are being reviewed to determine if they are responsive to your request. The estimated completion date has changed to May 31, 2016. Please note that estimated dates are strictly estimated and subject to change due to various extenuating circumstances which are beyond the control of the Office. As a reminder, FOIA requests are processed in the order they are received, currently there are approximately 26 FOIA requests that were received before your request and 9 of those cases are assigned to me. We apologize for the delay and thank you for your patience in this matter.

If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center at 703-767-1792 or send an email to dtra.belvoir.J0.mbx.efoia-privacy@mail.mil.

Sincerely
Angela Wiggins

Angela L. Wiggins
Government Information Specialist
Office of the General Counsel
DTRA/SCC-WMD
703-767-1792

From: DTRA Ft Belvoir J0 Mailbox EFOIA Privacy

Dear Mr. Pasternack
I apologize for the delay in responding to your email. The estimated completion date (ECD) date is changed to September, 2016. We hope to have it completed sooner. As we noted previously, ECDs are strictly estimates although we do our best to try and adhere to those dates. Thank you for your patience and if the date changes, we will notify you as soon as possible.

If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center at 703-767-1792 or send an e-mail to dtra.foiaprivacy@mail.mil.

Angela

Angela L. Wiggins
Government Information Specialist
Office of the General Counsel
DTRA/SCC-WMD
703-767-1792

From: DTRA Ft Belvoir J0 Mailbox EFOIA Privacy

Dear Mr. Pasternack
I apologize for the delay in responding to your email. We are continuing to process your FOIA request, case# 15-090. The estimated completion date (ECD) is changed to November, 2016. We thank you for your patience and apologize for the inconvenience.

If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center at 703-767-1792 or send an email to dtrafoiaprivacy@mail.mil.

Sincerely

Angela Wiggins
Government Information Specialist
Office of General Counsel
DTRA/SCC-WMD
703-767-1792

From: DTRA Ft Belvoir J0 Mailbox EFOIA Privacy

Dear Mr. Pasternack
Your FOIA request Case# 15-090 is currently being processed. It has been assigned to the Agency’s Subject Matter Expert to conduct a search for responsive documents. We are meeting next week to discuss your FOIA request in more detail and there is a possibility additional information/clarification may be required. We thank you for your patience and apologize for the inconvenience.

If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Request Service Center at 703-767-1792 or send an email to dtrafoiaprivacy@mail.mil<mailto:dtrafoiaprivacy@mail.mil>

Sincerely,

Angela Wiggins
Government Information Specialist
Office of General Counsel
DTRA/SCC-WMD
703-767-1792

From: DTRA Ft Belvoir J0 Mailbox EFOIA Privacy

Dear Mr. Pasternack
Your FOIA request is currently being processed. An estimated completion date (ECD) for November 2016 was provided to you September 7, 2016, as referenced in the attached email. The ECD has not changed and an updated status will be provided should the date change.

If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Request Service Center at 703-767-1792 or send an email to dtrafoiaprivacy@mail.mil.

Sincerely
Angela

Angela L. Wiggins
Government Information Specialist
Office of General Counsel
FOIA/Privacy Act Office
703-767-1792

From: DTRA Ft Belvoir J0 Mailbox EFOIA Privacy

Dear Mr. Pasternack

This email is to provide our final response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, perfected September 12, 2015 and assigned FOIA Case# 15-090, by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and United States Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (DTRA/SCC-WMD). Attached is the final response letter.

If you have any questions regarding this FOIA request, please contact me at 703-767-1792 or email dtrafoiaprivacy@mail.mil.

Angela

Angela L. Wiggins
Government Information Specialist
Office of the General Counsel
DTRA/SCC-WMD
703-767-6981/DSN 427 (Office)

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