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Letter from EPA re 17-1218

Letter from EPA re 17-1218

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Date Created:November 15, 2017

Date Uploaded to the Library:November 20, 2017

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UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20460
NOV 42017
OFFICE
GENERAL COUNSEL
Chris Fedeli
Judicial Watch, Inc.
425 Third Street SW, Suite 800
Washington, 20024
Re: Judicial Watch, Inc. U.S. PA, Civil Action No. 1:17-cv-01218 (D.D.C.)
Dear Mr. Fedeli:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has completed its search for and
review documents responsive ~he Freedom Information Act request that issue the
above-referenced litigation. EPAs search for responsive agency records consistent with the
Plaintiffs Freedom oflnformation Act (FOIA) request, clarified within the Joint Status
Report filed with the court August 14, 2017.
EPAs search and production yielded the following results:
421 responsive documents, including emails and attachments;
273 total documents released;
258 documents released full (RIF); documents released with redactions;
Portions emails were redacted under FOIAs Exemption the attorney client and deliberative process privileges,
and Exemption personal privacy;
148 documents withheld full;
The 148 documents withheld full related EPAs response
the December 14, 2014 Government and Accountability Office
(GAO) report concerning EPAs use ofthe Thunderclap social
media platform; included the attached index, withheld documents
relating the GAO report contained internal, confidential
communications concerning legal issues between EPA
attorneys and EPA employees and were withheld under
FOIAs Exemption the attorney client privilege and/or
the deliberative process privilege;
Internet Address (URL) http://www.epa.gov
Recycled/Recyclable Printed with Vegetable Oil Based Inks 100% Postconsumer, Process Chlorine Free Recycled Paper
Some the attachments these withheld emails were
duplicates documents independently released full
(accounted for within the 258 RIF figure) and were
therefore regarded nonresponsive duplicates when
attached these withheld emails.
This completes EPAs search for and production documents responsive the FOIA
request issue this litigation. you have additional questions, please contact Assistant
United States Attorney Mark Nebeker (202) 252-2536 email at:
Mark.Nebeker({husdoj.gov. Thank you.
Sincerely,
Scott Albright
Attorney advisor
Office General Counsel
cc: Mark Nebeker, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorneys Office, District Columbia
Enclosures