Request for communication and documents

Matt Kasper filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking #

EPA-HQ-2018-005078

Due April 18, 2018
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Matt Kasper

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all electronic communications between Bill Wehrum, Assistant Administrator​ for OAR, and the following organizations:

Competitive Enterprise Institute
National Association of Manufacturers
Cooler Heads Organization
Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association
Edison Electric Institute
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
National Mining Association
Manhattan Institute
American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity
ConocoPhillips
Associate of Global Automakers
Midwest Ozone Group
Ameren
FirstEnergy
American Electric Power
Duke Energy

The listed organizations are all included in the Assistant Administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation's public calendar. This request should include but is not limited to emails, attachments, both sent and received, notes, minutes, event materials, agendas, or handouts. The search for records may be limited to September 1, 2017 and the processing date of the request. Please exclude all press clips.

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,

Matt Kasper

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=090004d281835462)
* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2018-005078
* Requester Name: Matt Kasper
* Date Submitted: 03/03/2018
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: To Whom It May Concern: This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records: Any and all electronic communications between Bill Wehrum, Assistant Administrator​ for OAR, and the following organizations: Competitive Enterprise Institute National Association of Manufacturers Cooler Heads Organization Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association Edison Electric Institute U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Mining Association Manhattan Institute American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity ConocoPhillips Associate of Global Automakers Midwest Ozone Group Ameren FirstEnergy American Electric Power Duke Energy The listed organizations are all included in the Assistant Administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation's public calendar. This request should include but is not limited to emails, attachments, both sent and received, notes, minutes, event materials, agendas, or handouts. The search for records may be limited to September 1, 2017 and the processing date of the request. Please exclude all press clips. 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, Matt Kasper

From: Environmental Protection Agency

Dear Matt Kasper,
This email is in response to your FOIA request EPA-HQ-2018-005078. Before we begin th eprocess of collecting documents, i wanted to speak with you to ensure we are capturing your request correctly.
Please contact me at (202) 564-3166 or email me at lubetsky.jonathan@epa.gov to set up a time to talk. (mailto:lubetsky.jonathan@epa.gov)
Thank you,
Jonathan

From: Matt Kasper

Hi,
Are you free to speak on Monday, March 12?

From: Environmental Protection Agency

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request No. EPA-HQ-2018-005078
This letter concerns the above-referenced Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, received by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) on March 3, 2018, in which you requested "Any and all electronic communications between Bill Wehrum, Assistant Administrator​ for OAR, and the following organizations: Competitive Enterprise Institute National Association of Manufacturers Cooler Heads Organization Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association Edison Electric Institute U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Mining Association Manhattan Institute American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity ConocoPhillips Associate of Global Automakers Midwest Ozone Group Ameren FirstEnergy American Electric Power Duke Energy."
The Agency is diligently processing your FOIA request.  However, we have questions with respect to the list of organizations on the calendar that you are requesting records for and would like to speak with you about the request as noted in our email from March 8, 2018.
We would like to provide you the opportunity to clarify the records that you are seeking.  This FOIA request is tolled until we receive your clarification or modification.  Please respond to this request for clarification or modification within ten calendar days from the date of this letter (3/28/18).  Once we receive your clarification or modification, we will continue processing your FOIA request.  If we do not receive a response from you within this time period, we will consider your request to be voluntarily withdrawn.
Please contact Jonathan Lubetsky at lubetsky.jonathan@epa.gov or he can be reached at (202) 564-3166. (mailto:lubetsky.jonathan@epa.gov)
Sincerely,
Jonathan Lubetsky
Office of Air and Radiation

From: Matt Kasper

Hi Jonathan,
Thanks for your help. In addition to the domain names we went over, here are additional ones:
@duke-energy.com; @nma.org.

And since I filed my request, there has been an additional meeting that I'd like to include in my request for any and all electronic communications between Bill Wehrum, Assistant Administrator​ for OAR, limited to September 1, 2017 and the processing date of the request. Here are the representatives listed in that meeting and domains: John Graham - @indiana.edu; Jeff Holmstead - @bracewell.com.

Thanks,
Matt

From: Environmental Protection Agency

Thank you for providing the additional information. We will begin processing your request with the additional information. Once I have an estimated number of documents, I will be in touch to discuss the schedule for document production.
Thank you,
Jonathan Lubetsky

From: Environmental Protection Agency

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From: Environmental Protection Agency

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From: Environmental Protection Agency

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request No. EPA-HQ-2018-005078
Dear Mr. Kasper:
Please see the attached letter from the Agency concerning an extension due to unusual circumstances.
For an update on the status of your FOIA request, please access FOIAonline or contact Jonathan Lubetsky at lubetsky.jonathan@epa.gov or (202) 564-3166 (mailto:lubetsky.jonathan@epa.gov)
Sincerely,

Sabrina Hamilton
FOIA Coordinator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation

  • 10 Day Extension Letter Due to Unusual Circumstances to Matt Kasper for EPA-HQ-2018-005078

  • EPA-HQ-2018-005078 - Extension Unusual Circumstance

From: Matt Kasper

Hi Sabrina and Jonathan,
I just wanted to make sure that the request for communication included representatives of Bracewell, Hunton & Williams, Steptoe-Johnson, and Troutman Sanders. Last month we spoke over the phone and discussed these additional entities, and they are not listed in that April 4 letter so I just wanted to make sure they are still included.

Let me know if you have any questions. Sorry for any confusion.
Best,
Matt

From: Environmental Protection Agency

Mr. Kasper:

I spoke with Jonathan Lubetsky and Bracewell, Hunton & Williams, Steptoe-Johnson, and Troutman Sanders are included in the search terms for your request. Thank you for confirming.

Sabrina

Sabrina Hamilton
Air and Radiation Liaison Specialist
and FOIA Coordinator
Office of Air and Radiation - Correspondence Unit
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (6101-A)
Washington, D.C. 20460
Tel: (202) 564-1083
Fax: (202) 501-0600

From: Environmental Protection Agency

Matthew,
The documents for your request have been collected and we are reviewing them for responsiveness. One question, if there is correspondence from one of the domains we discussed and it is not in regards to the meetings on Bill Wehrum calendar and is not regarding EPA subject matter, is it out of the scope of your requests and not responsive?
Thank you for any clarification as we review the documents.
Jonathan

From: Matt Kasper

Can it be included in the request? Press clips can be excluded. Thanks

From: Environmental Protection Agency

We will review the documents as in the scope of your FOIA request.
Thank you,
Jonathan

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