|Submitted||Dec. 12, 2017|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
Any and all materials sent electronically and/or given in person to Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Chief of Staff Brian McCormack from representatives of Murray Energy for their meeting on March 29, 2017.
As reported on December 6, 2017 by InTheseTimes and December 8, 21017 by the Washington Post, Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray presented Secretary Perry with an action plan for "achieving reliable and low cost electricity". The cover letter for the document(s) from Mr. Murray was dated March 23, 2017.
The timeframe of this request for searching any electronic materials sent by representatives of or on behalf of Murray Energy can be limited to March 1, 2017 through May 1, 2017.
A photo of the cover letter of this document has been attached to assist you in locating the target documents. Links to the original articles from InTheseTimes and the Washington Post can be found here:
Additionally, the InTheseTimes article states, "Energy officials also received a thick packet of six draft executive orders to roll back the “anti-coal regulations of the Obama Administration.” I am also requesting a copy of these draft executive orders.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. Therefore I am requesting a waiver of any fees. The organization I work for, the Energy & Policy Institute, is a clearinghouse of information and can qualify as a representative of the news media. There are several examples of public record requests that have been provided to my organization and that were then published on our website inform several journalists publishing stories. This information is also not in my commercial interest. I believe the reasons I put forth meets the criteria for a fee waiver.
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.