Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (Department of Justice)

Graham Kates filed this request with the Department of Justice - FOIA/PA Mail Referral Unit of the United States of America.
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2017-04521, 18- 00088- F

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Rejected

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From: Graham Kates

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All emails, memorandums or reports that reference the "Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice" or "EJ IWG", produced during the year 2016, and between January 1, 2017 and June 25, 2017.

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,

Graham Kates

From: MRUFOIA Requests

Please see the attached response to your FOIA request. Please note, your request has been assigned tracking number EMRUFOIA062717-3.

From: Dubriel, Laurie (ENRD)

Good Afternoon Mr. Kates,

Charles Smiroldo is the FOIA Coordinator for the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) at the Department of Justice and I am the attorney assigned to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information related to the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice. We would like to schedule a time to discuss your request and clarify the information you are seeking. Are you available to discuss your request either this Thursday at 10 am or after 2 pm? If not, please let us know when would be a convenient time. Also, please send us the best telephone number to reach you. Thank you.

Laurie D. Dubriel - Trial Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice
Environment and Natural Resources Division
Law and Policy Section
P.O. Box 7415
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-7415
(202) 616-7349 (office)
laurie.dubriel@usdoj.gov<mailto:laurie.dubriel@usdoj.gov>

From: Graham Kates

Hi Laurie,

Thank you for reaching out. Any time after 2 p.m. on Thursday works. My phone is: (212) 975-6197.

Best,

Graham

From: Dubriel, Laurie (ENRD)

Thank you. We will plan to call you at 2 pm.

Laurie D. Dubriel - Trial Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice
Environment and Natural Resources Division
Law and Policy Section
P.O. Box 7415
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-7415
(202) 616-7349 (office)
laurie.dubriel@usdoj.gov<mailto:laurie.dubriel@usdoj.gov>

From: Dubriel, Laurie (ENRD)

Dear Graham,

Thank you for speaking with Charles Smiroldo and me today. Based on our conversation, our search of DOJ's Environment and Natural Resources Division records will be limited to the following:

* Final memoranda and reports about the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (IWGEJ);

* Emails scheduling meetings of the IWGEJ and the meeting agendas; and

* Emails between the Department of Justice's Senior Litigation Counsel for Environmental Justice and other IWGEJ liaisons.

We will continue to process your request based on the abovementioned criteria. Please let us know as soon as possible if there are any additional clarifications to your request. Thank you.
Regards,
Laurie

Laurie D. Dubriel - Trial Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice
Environment and Natural Resources Division
Law and Policy Section
P.O. Box 7415
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-7415
(202) 616-7349 (office)
laurie.dubriel@usdoj.gov<mailto:laurie.dubriel@usdoj.gov>

From: Smiroldo, Charles (ENRD)

Good morning Mr. Kates:

Please see the attached.

Thank you.

Charles Smiroldo
Department of Justice, ENRD
Law and Policy Section
P.O. Box 7415
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-7415
T (202) 514-0424
F (202) 514-4231
charles.smiroldo@usdoj.gov<mailto:charles.smiroldo@usdoj.gov>

From: Dubriel, Laurie (ENRD)

Good Afternoon Mr. Kates,

Do you have time tomorrow for a short call with Mr. Smiroldo and I to discuss your FOIA request. We need to ask you some additional questions. Let us know if you are available any time after 10 am and a number to reach you.

Thank you,
Laurie

Laurie D. Dubriel - Trial Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice
Environment and Natural Resources Division
Law and Policy Section
P.O. Box 7415
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-7415
(202) 616-7349 (office)
laurie.dubriel@usdoj.gov<mailto:laurie.dubriel@usdoj.gov>

From: Graham Kates

Laurie,

Very sorry for the slow reply. I'm available any time after 10 a.m. today, except for between 1 and 1:30.

Thanks again,

Graham

From: Dubriel, Laurie (ENRD)

Graham,

Will 2:30 pm be convenient for you? What is the best telephone number to reach you? Thank you.

Laurie

Laurie D. Dubriel - Trial Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice
Environment and Natural Resources Division
Law and Policy Section
P.O. Box 7415
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-7415
(202) 616-7349 (office)
laurie.dubriel@usdoj.gov<mailto:laurie.dubriel@usdoj.gov>

From: Graham Kates

Laurie,

Sure, that sounds great. Thank you.
(212) 975-6197

Best,

Graham

From: Dubriel, Laurie (ENRD)

Graham,

Thank you for speaking with Rusty Smiroldo and me yesterday. Based on our conversation, ENRD will continue to process your FOIA request for records for 2016 and January 1 - June 25, 2017. Also during our conversation, you agreed to narrow your request to only records regarding the main EJ IWG and exclude the EJ IWG subcommittees. Thank you again.
Regards,
Laurie

Laurie D. Dubriel - Trial Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice
Environment and Natural Resources Division
Law and Policy Section
P.O. Box 7415
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-7415
(202) 616-7349 (office)
laurie.dubriel@usdoj.gov<mailto:laurie.dubriel@usdoj.gov>

From: Smiroldo, Charles (ENRD)

Good Morning Mr. Kates,

We have collected and reviewed most of the documents although additional documents have been added in the last few days. We will get all the documents reviewed and prepare our proposed response for management. We our hoping to have your response to you by the end of September and we are taking all steps to meet that deadline. Thanks very much for your patience.

Rusty Smiroldo

Charles Smiroldo
Department of Justice, ENRD
Law and Policy Section
P.O. Box 7415
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-7415
T (202) 514-0424
F (202) 514-4231
charles.smiroldo@usdoj.gov<mailto:charles.smiroldo@usdoj.gov>

From: Department of Justice - FOIA/PA Mail Referral Unit

Hi Mr. Kates,

Sorry once again for the delay. We had to track down another potential custodian of documents. And we are working with management regarding documents that may have to be reviewed by others before release. Once we work through those issues, we will be able to respond to your request. Thanks very much for your patience. We hope to have the process completed soon.

Charles Smiroldo
Department of Justice, ENRD
Law and Policy Section
P.O. Box 7415
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-7415
T (202) 514-0424
F (202) 514-4231
charles.smiroldo@usdoj.gov<mailto:charles.smiroldo@usdoj.gov>

From: Department of Justice - FOIA/PA Mail Referral Unit

Good Morning Mr. Kates,

No further clarification is needed. We are in the processing of securing approval for release from one of the section attorneys who is out of the country. Then we will seek final approval from our management and get your response to you. Thank you for your patience. We are hoping to wrap this up within the next few weeks.

Thank you.

Charles Smiroldo
Department of Justice, ENRD
Law and Policy Section
P.O. Box 7415
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-7415
T (202) 514-0424
F (202) 514-4231
charles.smiroldo@usdoj.gov<mailto:charles.smiroldo@usdoj.gov<mailto:charles.smiroldo@usdoj.gov%3cmailto:charles.smiroldo@usdoj.gov>>
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From: Department of Justice - FOIA/PA Mail Referral Unit

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Department of Justice - FOIA/PA Mail Referral Unit

Good Morning Mr. Kates,

Your FOIA response was mailed yesterday afternoon. The response was too weighty to send by email so we had to burn documents onto a disk and mail it out to you along with our response letter.

Thanks very much.

Charles Smiroldo
Department of Justice, ENRD
Law and Policy Section
P.O. Box 7415
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-7415
T (202) 514-0424
F (202) 514-4231
charles.smiroldo@usdoj.gov<mailto:charles.smiroldo@usdoj.gov>

From: Department of Justice - FOIA/PA Mail Referral Unit

Dear Mr. Kates,

Attached is a letter with information about your recent FOIA request to the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice.
Regards,

Civil Rights Division/FOI
(202) 514-4210 - Main FOI

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