List of accounts blocked by EPA Twitter accounts

Joe Wertz filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # EPA-HQ-2018-000983
Est. Completion Sept. 12, 2018
Status
Awaiting Appeal

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From: Joe Wertz

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A list of accounts blocked on Twitter accounts administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or its personnel or representatives, including but not limited to:

@EPA
@EPAScottPruitt
@EPAair
@EPAland
@EPAJustice
@EPAespanol
@EPAblog
@epalive
@EPAjobs
@epawater
@AIRNow
@eparesearch
@ENERGYSTAR
@energystarhomes
@energystarbldgs
@EnergyStarNBC
@EPAwatersense
@epaiaplus
@epaairmarkets
@EPAsmartgrowth
@EPAgreenbldg
@EPAburnwise
@EPAcleanuptech
@epagreenchill
@EPAclimatectr
@EPAallnations
@EPAnewengland
@EPAregion2
@EPAregion3
@EPASoutheast
@EPAGreatLakes
@EPAregion6
@EPAregion7
@EPAregion8
@EPAregion9
@EPAnorthwest

I’m requesting EPA provide the lists as a .csv file, an export option Twitter provides account administrators under the “Settings and Privacy” menu.

StateImpact Oklahoma is entitled to a fee waiver because it is a news media organization, and because this request for records concerns activities or operations of the government. Disclosure of the requested records will likely increase public understanding of government operations since StateImpact Oklahoma has the ability and the intention to effectively convey information contained within the requested records to a broad public audience.

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,

Joe Wertz

405-408-4324
joe@stateimpactoklahoma.org
https://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma

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=090004d28152e62c)
* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2017-010713
* Requester Name: Joe Wertz
* Date Submitted: 08/22/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Requesting a list of accounts blocked on Twitter accounts administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or its personnel or representatives

From: White, Candace

Hello Mr. Wertz,

I’m sorry that quite a bit of time has passed, since you submitted your request. I wanted to let you know that we are currently working on your request and hope to have you all of the information you requested within 2 weeks of this email.

As you can imagine, the Office of Public Affairs, which is where your FOIA has been assigned, is absolutely swamped with FOIA requests and have been for some time. And, similarly, our E-Discovery services have been overwhelmed by an unprecedented number of FOIA requests.

Again, please know that we are working very hard to get you the requested information.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at white.candace@epa.gov<mailto:white.candace@epa.gov> or 202-564-4308. Additionally, at any point in time you may seek assistance from EPA’s FOIA Public Liaison at hq.foia@epa.gov<mailto:hq.foia@epa.gov> or (202) 566-1667, or from the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS). You may contact OGIS in any of the following ways: by mail at: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, Room 2510, 8610 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001; by email at: ogis@nara.gov<mailto:ogis@nara.gov>; by telephone at: (202) 741-5770 or (877) 684-6448; or fax, (202) 741-5769.

Thank you for your interest in the Environmental Protection Agency.

Kind Regards,
Candy

Candace S White
Program Analyst
Office of The Administrator / Office of Public Affairs
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
202-564-4308 Desk
202-731-3188 Cell
white.candace@epa.gov<mailto:white.candace@epa.gov>

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From: white.candace@epa.gov

09/28/2017 02:54 PM FOIA Request: EPA-HQ-2017-010713

From: white.candace@epa.gov

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request EPA-HQ-2017-010713 has been determined to be not applicable as the request is not billable. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on: 08/22/2017
* Fee Waiver Disposition Reason: N/A
* Request Long Description: Requesting a list of accounts blocked on Twitter accounts administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or its personnel or representatives

From: white.candace@epa.gov

10/11/2017 04:09 PM FOIA Request: EPA-HQ-2017-010713

From: Joe Wertz

Dear Ms. White,

I'm reaching out to you to discuss the estimated date of completion with respect to my FOIA Request, EPA-HQ-2017-010713, submitted to the EPA on 8/22/2017.

The anticipated completion date of 9/12/18 is unnecessarily excessive and unduly delayed. My FOIA request is task-oriented, narrow in scope and doesn't require searching or processing paper records.

In my original request, I outlined the brief and simple steps necessary to fufil my FOIA request: "I’m requesting EPA provide the lists as a .csv file, an export option Twitter provides account administrators under the “Settings and Privacy” menu."

Any suggestion this simple undertaking is onerous enough to warrant a year-long delay is incredulous and undermines the capabilities of the technically oriented EPA, and the letter and spirit of FOIA law.

Thank you in advance for the expedited retrieval of the requested records.

Sincerely,

Joe Wertz

405-408-4324
joe@stateimpactoklahoma.org
https://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma

From: Environmental Protection Agency

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.

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