Nancy Beck correspondence (NIEHS)

Alexander Rony filed this request with the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # 46366
Due May 19, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Alexander Rony

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Correspondence (emails, letters, testimony, public comments, and meeting records) between the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the American Chemistry Council's Nancy Beck, from January 1, 2012 to the date this request is processed.

I respectfully request that you waive all fees in connection with this request as provided by 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A)(iii). The Sierra Club is a national environmental nonprofit with no commercial interest in obtaining the request information. Instead, our organization intends to analyze and disseminate the requested information free of charge so that the public can be better informed and meaningfully participate in protecting public health.

The subject matter of the requested records is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations and activities of the government by disclosing the views held by an individual who has been reportedly named deputy assistant administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. In this capacity, Ms. Beck will deal with many of the same issues she discussed with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences over the past few years.

The Sierra Club and its supporters have demonstrated interest and expertise in the subject area, specifically the development of policies designed to safeguard public health from toxic hazards. Our supporters have filed hundreds of thousands of public comments to agencies related to these threats.

The Sierra Club also has the ability and intention to disseminate the information it receives through this request. The information may be shared through emails to an audience of hundreds of thousands of people, Facebook and Twitter posts reaching thousands of individuals, articles on our website, and analysis provided to the media. Here are three examples of my work:

https://sierraclub.org/planet/2017/04/hiring-freeze-prevented-epa-filling-hundreds-jobs
http://www.sierraclub.org/compass/2016/10/members-distance-themselves-alecs-climate-policies
http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/4480/over-700000-people-tell-government-to-block-seed-mergers

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, please 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,

Alexander Rony
Sierra Club

From: niehsfoia

Good Morning Mr. Rony,

Please contact us concerning your request.

Sincerely,
NIEHS FOIA Program
Office of Communications and Public Liaison
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Phone: (919) 541-3411

From: Alexander Rony

Hi NIEHS FOIA Program,

I have tried to reach your office by phone, but nobody has picked up. Please email back with any questions you may have about my request and I will do my best to provide some clarification.

Best regards,
Alexander Rony

From: niehsfoia

Good Afternoon Mr. Rony,

I have attached a copy of the acknowledgment letter for your FOIA Request (NIH FOI Case No. 46366). Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
NIEHS FOIA Program
Office of Communications and Public Liaison
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Phone: (919) 541-3411
Email: niehsfoia@niehs.nih.gov

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On April 21, 2017:
To Whom It May Concern:

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

Correspondence (emails, letters, testimony, public comments, and meeting records) between the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the American Chemistry Council's Nancy Beck, from January 1, 2012 to the date this request is processed.

I respectfully request that you waive all fees in connection with this request as provided by 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A)(iii). The Sierra Club is a national environmental nonprofit with no commercial interest in obtaining the request information. Instead, our organization intends to analyze and disseminate the requested information free of charge so that the public can be better informed and meaningfully participate in protecting public health.

The subject matter of the requested records is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations and activities of the government by disclosing the views held by an individual who has been reportedly named deputy assistant administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. In this capacity, Ms. Beck will deal with many of the same issues she discussed with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences over the past few years.

The Sierra Club and its supporters have demonstrated interest and expertise in the subject area, specifically the development of policies designed to safeguard public health from toxic hazards. Our supporters have filed hundreds of thousands of public comments to agencies related to these threats.

The Sierra Club also has the ability and intention to disseminate the information it receives through this request. The information may be shared through emails to an audience of hundreds of thousands of people, Facebook and Twitter posts reaching thousands of individuals, articles on our website, and analysis provided to the media. Here are three examples of my work:

https://sierraclub.org/planet/2017/04/hiring-freeze-prevented-epa-filling-hundreds-jobs
http://www.sierraclub.org/compass/2016/10/members-distance-themselves-alecs-climate-policies
http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/4480/over-700000-people-tell-government-to-block-seed-mergers

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, please 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,

Alexander Rony
Sierra Club

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From: niehsfoia

Dear Mr. Rony –

Thank you for your message below inquiring about the status of your pending FOIA request with NIEHS dated April 21, 2017.

We regret the delay, but we are working through a backlog and are short-staffed. Currently, there are 16 FOIA requests ahead of yours. Although we are not able to provide a timeline for when you could expect to receive responsive records, we will contact you again if we have any questions about your request or when we have additional information for you or responsive public records are available to provide to you. In the meantime, if you are no longer interested in any portion of your request or would like to modify your request please let us know.

Thank you for your patience.

Best regards,
Regina

Regina Stabile, J.D.
FOIA Public Liaison and Privacy Act Coordinator
Office of Communications and Public Liaison<http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/od/ocpl/index.cfm>
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
919-541-3365

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