PFAS National Leadership Summit

Carlos Gamez filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America.
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EPA-HQ-2018-008258

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Completed

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From: Carlos Gamez


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

1. All emails to and from Scott Pruit that relates to blocking certain news outlets.
2. The itinerary prepared for Scott Pruit during the PFAS National leadership summit.
3. All materials prepared in full and part by the EPA that was presented during the summit.

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,

Carlos Gamez

From: Environmental Protection Agency

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=090004d281959641)
* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2018-008258
* Requester Name: Carlos Gamez
* Date Submitted: 06/01/2018
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records: 1. All emails to and from Scott Pruit that relates to blocking certain news outlets. 2. The itinerary prepared for Scott Pruit during the PFAS National leadership summit. 3. All materials prepared in full and part by the EPA that was presented during the summit. 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.

From: Environmental Protection Agency

Thank you for contacting the Environmental Protection Agency's National FOIA Office.

You submitted a request for EPA records using a method that is not authorized by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations. Due to the updates to EPA's FOIA regulations, which were effective on July 26, 2019, all FOIA requests must be submitted to the EPA National FOIA Office (NFO) using one of the following methods:

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Be well,
Kevin

Kevin W. Hill
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From: Carlos Gamez

Good afternoon,

On the 21st of July I received a response to my request stating that I submitted a request through a method that isn’t authorized by the EPA. The response stated that the new regulation became effective on July 26, 2019. I would like to respectfully note that my request was confirmed as submitted on June 4, 2018. This means that my request was submitted through an authorized manner by the date of submission. Also, even under the new regulation it still qualifies as an authorized submission as it was submitted through the online portal. Therefore, I would like for my request to be placed in the position that it was originally at based upon the date of submission. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Carlos Gamez

From: Carlos Gamez

To Whom It May Concern,

On June 1, 2018 I submitted a FOIA request that was acknowledged on June 4, 2018. On July 21, 2020 I received an email stating that the manner in which I sent the request was not authorized by EPA FOIA regulations. In the email it states that there were updates to the EPA regulations more than one year after I submitted my request. I sent an email at the beginning of the month and I still haven't heard back. Because of the lack of response, I have decided to appeal my request. May the administrative record show that I submitted this request before the EPA FOIA regulations were updated through an authorized manner. Also, the request was confirmed as being received through the online portal that was authorized under EPA FOIA regulations. I also hereby appeal this request as the amount of time of a non-response has passed the statutory requirement of 20 days and an extension has not been requested. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Carlos Gamez

From: Environmental Protection Agency

Hello Mr. Gamez,

Thank for for calling me this afternoon. You can disregard the email sent to you on July 21st because it was sent in error. Your request EPA-HQ-2018-008256 remains open and assigned to the EPA's FOIA Program at the Office of the Administrator.  If you have any questions about the processing of the request, please contact the EPA FOIA Service Center at hq.foia@epa.gov or at (202) 566-1667 and reference your tracking number. (mailto:hq.foia@epa.go)
Sincerely,
Kevin Hill
EPA National FOIA Office

From: Environmental Protection Agency

The FOIA request EPA-HQ-2018-008258 has had its Tracking Number changed to EPA-2018-008258. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:

* Old Tracking Number:
EPA-HQ-2018-008258
* New Tracking Number:
EPA-2018-008258
* Requester Name:
Carlos Gamez
* Date Submitted:
07/05/2018
* Long Description:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records: 1. All emails to and from Scott Pruit that relates to blocking certain news outlets. 2. The itinerary prepared for Scott Pruit during the PFAS National leadership summit. 3. All materials prepared in full and part by the EPA that was presented during the summit. 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.

From: Environmental Protection Agency

EPA-2018-008258 has been processed with the following final disposition: Partial Grant/Partial Denial.
Records were released to the public as a result of this request. You may retrieve these records immediately using the following link: Over the next 2 hours, these records are also being added to FOIAonline's search pages, further enabling you to retrieve these documents associated with your FOIA request at any time. View Records (https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/submissionDetails?trackingNumber=EPA-2018-008258&type=request)

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