The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

 

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal law that gives the public the right to make requests for federal agency records. All federal agencies, including EPA, are required to make requested records available unless the records are protected from disclosure by certain FOIA exemptions. Agencies may withhold information according to nine exemptions contained in the statute. The FOIA applies only to federal agencies. It does not apply to records held by Congress, the courts, or by state or local government agencies. Each state has its own public access laws that should be consulted for access to state and local records.

EPA FOIA Contact Information and Web Sites provide a list of the FOIA contacts in the agency as well as access to regional FOIA Web sites.

Electronic FOIA Request Form is an online form for submitting a FOIA request for EPA documents.

Reference Guide provides information on the procedures for making a FOIA request to EPA.

Policy and Guidance contains the text of the FOIA, EPA’s FOIA regulations, FOIA-related reports and other reference material.

Reading Room contains final opinions made in the adjudication of administrative cases, Agency policy statements, frequently requested records and certain administrative staff manuals to (state everything that’s in the Reading Room).

Annual Reports lists annual reports to DOJ on EPA’s FOIA processing activities and contain specific information on EPA’s processing of FOIA requests such as number of requests received in a fiscal year, the number of requests pending at the end of a fiscal year and costs of processing requests.

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