Ron Josephson communications

Daniel Sherwood filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America.
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EPA-HQ-2017-010422

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Communications

From: Daniel Sherwood

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). On behalf of the Climate Investigations Center (CIC), a national non-profit association of advocates, bloggers and researchers, pursuant to FOIA, I hereby request the following records:

1. Records, documents, and correspondences exchanged between Ron Josephson (josephson.ron@epa.gov) and David Schnare;
2. Records, documents, and correspondences received or sent by Ron Josephson (josephson.ron@epa.gov) related to EPA-G2016-ORD-D1 and the Oil and Gas Development in the Appalachian Basin;
3. Records, documents, and correspondences received or sent by Ron Josephson (josephson.ron@epa.gov) containing the following terms: "climate change"; "carbon"; "greenhouse"; "regulations"; "industry"; "oil and gas development"; and "Appalachian basin".

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. CIC is entitled to a fee waiver because it is a news media organization, and because this request for records concerns activities or operations of the government. Disclosure of the requested records will likely increase public understanding of government operations since CIC has the ability and the intention to effectively convey information contained within the requested records to a broad public audience. Founded in 2014, CIC’s investigative research and reporting has appeared in local and national publications such as the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and the Washington Post. In addition to using the information from this request to generate news stories, CIC would distribute information obtained and inform the public at large through various online platforms (such as http://climateinvestigations.org/).

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,

Daniel Sherwood

From: foia_hq@epa.gov

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=090004d2814f291b)
* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2017-010422
* Requester Name: Daniel Sherwood
* Date Submitted: 08/10/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Requesting records, documents, and correspondences exchanged between Ron Josephson (josephson.ron@epa.gov) and David Schnare

From: ORD_FOIA_Requester_Emails@epa.gov

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request No. EPA-HQ-2017-010422
This letter concerns the above-referenced Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, received by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) on August 9, 2017, in which you requested:
1. Records, documents, and correspondences exchanged between Ron Josephson and David Schnare;
2. Records documents, and correspondences received or sent by Ron Josephson related to EPA-G2016-ORD-D1 and the Oil and Gas Development in the Appalachian Basin;
3. Records, documents, and correspondences received or sent by Ron Josephson containing the following terms: "climate change"; "carbon"; "greenhouse"; "regulations"; "industry"; "oil and gas development"; and "Appalachian basin".
The Agency is diligently processing your FOIA request.  However, we have questions with respect to item number 3 of your request. Can you provide a specific time period for the information you seek?  In addition, we request that you narrow the scope of topics requested in item 3.  The list of terms is too broad for us to be able to search for the specific information you seek.
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.  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 Susan Maier at maier.susan@epa.gov if you would like to set up a time to further discuss your request.

From: Daniel Sherwood

Dear Lisa:

Thank you for your correspondence and willingness to work with me. I am happy to both refine and apply a time range to item 3 of my request. The updated request, as it concerns item 3, is as follows:

3. Records, documents, and correspondences received or sent by Ron Josephson from January 1, 2014 to present day containing the following terms: "climate change"; "industry"; "oil and gas
development"; and "Appalachian basin".

Please let me know if this update is amenable to you. I would also be happy to discuss this request in greater detail by phone at (248) 953-5327. Thank you for your attention to this.

Sincerely,

Daniel Sherwood

From: ORD_FOIA_Requester_Emails@epa.gov

EPA-HQ-2017-010422 has been processed with the following final disposition: Request withdrawn.

From: Daniel Sherwood

Ms. Susan Maier:

I just received notification that the above-referenced FOIA request was withdrawn by your office today.

I received your request for clarification on Aug. 22, 2017 and responded on Aug. 25, 2017, just three days after receipt of your request. I assume the withdrawal is because your office thinks that I did not respond?

Please advise on how we can move forward and reopen the request.

Sincerely,

From: Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. EPA is receiving this follow-up e-mail. Our records show this FOIA was withdrawn back in September 2017.

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