Fusion Center Monitoring of Elk River Chemical Disaster

Dustin Slaughter filed this request with the West Virginia State Police of West Virginia.


From: Dustin Slaughter

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act and the West Virginia Open Governmental Proceedings Act, I hereby request the following records:

All emails, memoranda, threat/disaster assessments, and otherwise pertinent documentation issued from and received by the West Virginia Joint Intelligence Fusion Center regarding the Charleston, West Virginia chemical spill which occurred on the Elk River on 9 January, 2014.

The time frame for this request encompasses 9 January 2014 up to and including the date that this request is officially processed. The following keywords should be used in order to assist researchers in their search:

"Governor Earl Ray Tomblin", "Freedom Industries", "Dennis P. Farrell", "Etowah River Terminal", "4-methylcyclohexane methanol", "West Virginia American Water", "Jeff McIntyre", "West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources", West Virginia Department of Education", "West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management", "Elk River", "Ohio River", and the following locations: "Boone", "Cabell", "Clay", "Jackson", "Kanawha", "Lincoln", "Logan", "Putnam", "Roane", and "Point Pleasant".

If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act. I will also expect to be provided with all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material. Please separately state your reasons for not invoking your discretionary powers to release the requested documents in the public interest.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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.


Dustin Slaughter

From: West Virginia State Police

The request has been rejected as being too vague, burdensome or otherwise unprocessable.

From: Dustin Slaughter

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request originally submitted on January 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed so that you can fulfill your statutory obligation.

Thank you for your help.