USDA honeybee/sperm importation permits

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Washington State University of Washington.
Tracking # 15-166
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby request the following records:

All U.S. Department of Agriculture permits granted to Washington State University, Professor Walter S. Sheppard, members of his laboratory, or any other Washington State University affiliates regarding the importation of honeybees, honeybee semen, or honeybee germplasm. (It has been reported that such permits have been granted: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-06/european-semen-widens-us-bee-gene-pool)

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 fees cannot be waived, 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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

From: Nelson, Linda Ann

May 18, 2015

Via email only requests@muckrock.com

Beryl C.D. Lipton
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 17974
P.O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Re: Acknowledgement of Receipt of Your Public Records Request 15-166 Received May 15, 2015

Dear Beryl C.D. Lipton:

This letter is to acknowledge receipt of your Public Records Request 15-166 seeking:

Copies of all USDA permits granted to WSU Professor Walter S. Sheppard, members of his laboratory, or any other WSU affiliates re the importation of honeybees, honeybee semen, or honeybee germplasm.

We hope to complete our review of records responsive to your Public Records Request and respond to you by May 29, 2015, however, more time may be necessary.

Your request for WSU records is not confidential. All Public Records Requests are public records. The records responsive to a request may contain names, identifiers, or information about other people (such as employees, former employees, students, former students, or third parties). WSU may send a notice to people named in the records informing them that their name, identifiers, or other information about them will be disclosed under the Public Records Act and provide them sufficient time in which to seek legal counsel to determine whether to file a motion in Whitman County Superior Court to enjoin disclosure. When we send such notices to people named in records, we also provide a copy of the request with the notice.

The University charges fifteen cents a page for photocopies or to scan paper records to create a pdf in accordance with RCW 42.56.120, WAC 504-45-070(1), and WAC 44-14-07003. (If there are any costs for copies of paper records/scanning paper records, you will receive an invoice in advance of production.)

Please contact me at 509-335-3928 if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Linda Nelson
Public Records Coordinator
Public Records Office
Washington State University
P.O. Box 641040
Pullman, WA 99164-1040
509 335 3928
FAX 509 335 2220
nelsonl@wsu.edu

From: wsu.pubrecords

May 21, 2015

Via email only requests@muckrock.com

Beryl C.D. Lipton
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 17974
P.O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Re: Response -- Your Public Records Request 15-166

Dear Beryl C.D. Lipton:

Enclosed is our response to your Public Records Request 15-166 seeking:

Copies of all USDA permits granted to WSU Professor Walter S. Sheppard, members of his laboratory, or any other WSU affiliates re the importation of honeybees, honeybee semen, or honeybee germplasm.

No documents have been withheld under any claim of exemption under the Public Records Act (RCW 42.56).

This concludes the University's response to your request for public records.

If you have any questions, please contact Linda at 509-335-3928.

Sincerely,

Laura Wong-On-Wing
Public Records Program Assistant

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