National Park study of bottled water ban

CJ Ciaramella filed this request with the National Park Service of the United States of America.
Tracking # NPS-2017-01200
Est. Completion Sept. 17, 2017
Status
Fix Required

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From: CJ Ciaramella

To Whom It May Concern:

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

- any internal assessments or reports completed between Jan. 1, 2016 and Aug. 17, 2017 on the efficacy of the Park Service ban on selling bottled water at national parks. The Washington Post reported on Aug. 18 that the NPS, in response to a request from lawmakers in Congress, launched a comprehensive assessment last year of the ban: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/08/17/national-parks-banned-bottled-water-to-ease-pollution-trump-just-sided-with-the-lobby-that-fought-it/

The "assessment was completed, a person with knowledge of the report said, but not publicly released" according to the Post. I therefore request that assessment and/or any similar reports in the aforementioned time frame.

This is a media request. The requester is a full-time journalist at Reason Magazine, and the requested documents will be made available to the general public.

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,

CJ Ciaramella

From: FOIA, NPS

Mr. Ciaramella,

Your request has been received and has been assigned tracking number
NPS-2017-01200. All future correspondence relating to this request should
reference this tracking number.

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You should expect our response by September 17, 2017. If you do not
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U.S. Department of the Interior
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Sincerely,

C.

____________________

Ms. Charis Wilson, PhD, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA
npsfoia@nps.gov <charis_wilson@nps.gov>

From: FOIA, NPS

Mr. Ciaramella,

The information you have requested is already available online at:
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Please let me know if the posted information does not meet your needs. If
we do not hear from you within 20 workdays we will assume you are no longer
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Freedom of Information Act Appeals Officer
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U.S. Department of the Interior
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MS-6556-MIB,
Washington, D.C. 20240
foia.appeals@sol.doi.gov

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​Sincerely,

C.

____________________

Ms. Charis Wilson, PhD, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA
npsfoia@nps.gov <charis_wilson@nps.gov>

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