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Welcome to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Electronic Reading Room for the Department of Energy at Headquarters.

The FOIA requires certain kinds of documents to be made available to the public for inspection and copying. This is a requirement for agencies of the executive branch of the federal government.

The documents that are required to be made available by the FOIA are:

Final Opinions
[5 USC 552 (a)(2)](A) final opinions, including concurring and dissenting opinions, as well as orders, made in the adjudication of cases.

Office of Hearings and Appeal - FOIA Appeals
Initial agency determinations in response to FOIA and Privacy Act requests may be appealed to the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA). Decisions of the OHA constitute the agency's final determinations on requests made under either statute. OHA decisions issued after January 1, 1995, are available from this page.

Statements of Policy and Interpretation
[5 USC 552 (a)(2)](B) those statements of policy and interpretation which have been adopted by the agency and are not published in the Federal Register.

DOE Directives Website
DOE Directives include Policies, Orders, Notices, Manuals, and Guides which are intended to direct, guide, inform, and instruct employees in the performance of their jobs, and enable them to work effectively within the Department and with agencies, contractors, and the public.

Administrative Staff Manuals and Instructions
[5 USC 552 (a)(2)](C) administrative staff manuals and instructions to staff that affect a member of the public.

DOE Directives Website
DOE Directives include Policies, Orders, Notices, Manuals, and Guides which are intended to direct, guide, inform, and instruct employees in the performance of their jobs, and enable them to work effectively within the Department and with agencies, contractors, and the public.

Other Records of Interest
[5 USC 552 (a)(2)](D) copies of all records, regardless of form or format, which have been released to any person . . . and which, because of the nature of their subject matter, the agency determines have become or are likely to become the subject of subsequent requests for substantially the same record.

The Headquarters Electronic Reading Room has these documents, special interest collections, and other documents that have been released in response to written requests for information under the FOIA. Records are maintained in accordance with schedules set by the National Archives and Records Administration and DOE directives. Generally, records are kept for a minimum of 2 years.

DOE REPORTS

DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS

  • Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Decommissioning and/or Long-Term Stewardship at the West Valley Demonstration Project and Western New York Nuclear Service Center dated November 2008. DOE/EIS-0226-D (Revised).
  • Draft Global Nuclear Energy Partnership Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement dated  October 2008. DOE/EIS-0396.
  • Lyle Fall Fish Passage Project/Draft Environmental Impact Statements (EIS). DOE/EIS-0397, dated March 2008.
  • Draft EIS on Bonneville Power Administration’s Port Angeles-Juan de Fuca Transmission Project, DOE/EIS-0378, March 2007.
  • Draft EIS on Bonneville Power Administration’s Chief Joseph hatchery Program DOE/EIS-0384, May 2007.
  • Draft EIS on Bonneville Power Administration’s Rebuild of the Libby (FEC) to Troy Section of BPA’s Libby to Bonners Ferry 115 kilovolt Transmission Line, DOE/EIS-0378, July 2007.
  • Draft Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (draft Complex Transformation SPEIS, DOE/eis-0236-s4) December 2007.
  • Draft Environment Impact Statement (EIS) Klondike III/Biglow Canyon Wind Integration Project (DOE/EIS 0374, April 2006.
  • Draft EIS on the Bonneville Power Administration’s Salmon Creek Project, DOE/EIS-0346, August 2004.
  • Draft EIS South Fork Flathead Watershed Westslope Cutthroat Trout Conversation Program DOE/EIS-0353, June 2004.

FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS

  • Record of Decision on Bonneville Power Administration’s Lyle Falls Fish Passage Project (DOE/EIS-3790, November 2008). February 2009.
  • Records of Decision on Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA0 Leaning Juniper II Wind Project and Jones Canyon Substation Expansion tiered to BPA’s Business Plan Environmental Impact Statement (DOE/EIS-0183, June 1995).  April 9, 2009.
  • Final EIS on Bonneville Power Administration’s Lyle Falls Fish Passage Project (DOE/EIS-0397, November 2008). December 10, 2008.
  • BPA’s Record of Decision 2008 Columbia Basin Fish Accords with the Shshone-Bannock Tribes tiered to the (DOE/EIS -0312, April 2003) and ROD (October 31, 2003).
  • Record of Decision on BPA’s Rebuild of the Libby (FEC) to Troy Section of BPA’s Libby to Bonners Ferry Transmission Line Project (DOE/EIS-0379, May 2008). July 28, 2008.
  • Record of Decision on BPA’s Shepherds Flat Wind Interconnection Project tiered to BPA’s Business Plan Environmental Impact Statement (DOE/EIS -0183 June 1995) July 21, 2008.
  • Records of Decision for the Willow Creed Interconnection Project tiered to BPA’s Business Plan Environmental Impact Statement (DOE/EIS-0183, June 1995. June 18, 2008.
  • Record of Decision of the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Palisades-Goshen Transmission Line Reconstruction Project (DOE/EA-1591, May 2008)
  • Final Environmental Impact Statement on BPA’s Rebuild of the Libby (FEC) to Troy Section of BPA’s Libby to Bonners Ferry 115 Kilovolt Transmission Line (DOE/EIS-0379, May 2008.
  • Record of Decision on BPA’s 2008 Columbia Basin Fish Accords consistent with and tiered to the Fish and Wildlife Implementation Plan Environmental  Impact Statement (DOE/EIS-0312, April 2003 and ROD (October 31, 2003) May 5, 2008.
  • Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) Olympic Peninsula Transmission Line Reinforcement Project (DOE/EA-1576, March 2008). April 4, 2008.
  • Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Bonneville Power Administration’s Port Angeles-Juan de Fuca Transmission Project (DOE/EIS -0378, October 2007) October 5, 2007.
  • Record of Decision on BPA’s Long-Term Regional Dialogue Policy, (tiered to BPA’s Business Plan Environmental Impact Statement DOE/EIS-0183, June 1995). July 19, 2007.
  • Record of Decision on BPA Fish and Wildlife Implementation Plan (DOE/EIS-0312, April 2003). February 12, 2007.
  • Record of Decision on BPA’s Coyote Business Park Project (DOE/EIS-0371. September 2006). March 9, 2007.

TRANSCRIPTS

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You also may visit the FOIA Public Reading Room. It is located in Room 1G-033 at 1000 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20585. The Reading Room is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, except federal holidays.
The telephone number is (202) 586-5955.

FOIA Office Locations
Our FOIA Officers are located at various sites throughout the DOE complex, each with responsibility for records located at or under the jurisdiction of the site.  We recommend that you send your request directly to that specific site.  This will shorten the processing time.  However, if you do not know which location has responsive records, you may either call the Headquarters FOIA office at (202) 586-5955 to determine the appropriate office, or mail the request to the Headquarters FOIA office.
Other records are publicly available in the facilities listed below:
 

Headquarters
U.S. Department of Energy
FOIA Office
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington D.C.  20585
Phone:  202-586-5955
Fax:  202-586-0575
Reading Room available
Contact:  Diana P. Ngo
Phone: 202-586-1201
Fax:  202-586-0575
Email:  diana.ngo@hq.doe.gov

Public Reading Facilities:
Albuquerque Operations Office, U.S. Department of Energy
FOIA Reading Room and DOE Reading Rooms, Government Information Department
Zimmerman Library
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico  87131-0001
Contact: Dan Barkley
Phone: 505-277-7180
Email: barkley@unm.edu

Bonneville Power Administration
U.S. Department of Energy
PO Box 3621
905 NE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR  97232
FOIA/PA Officer:  Christina J. Brannon
Phone:  503-230-7303
FOIA/PA Specialist:  Laura M. Atterbury
Phone:  503-230-7305
Fax:  503-230-4019
Email:  lmatterbury@bpa.gov

Carlsbad Field Office
U.S. Department of Energy
WIPP Information Center
4021 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220
Email:  infocntr@wipp.ws
Phone:  1-800-336-WIPP
Administrator:  Bobby St. John
Phone:  505-234-7348
Fax:  505-234-7002
Email:  bobby.stjohn@wipp.ws

Chicago Office
U.S. Department of Energy
Public Reading Room
Argonne Information Center
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, IL 60439
Contact:  Miriam Bartos
 Phone:  630-252-2041
Email:  miriam.bartos@ch.doe.gov

National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
U.S. Department of Energy
Ann C. Dunlap (FOIA/PA Officer)
P.O. Box 10940
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Email:  ann.dunlap@netl.doe.gov
Phone:  (412) 386-6167
Fax:  (412) 386-5949
Library:  Jo Ann Yuill
Email:  JoAnn.Yuill@pr.netl.doe.gov
Phone:  (304) 285-4184
Fax:  (304) 285-4403

Golden Field Office
U.S. Department of Energy
DOE Public Reading Room
617 Cole Blvd, MS 1501
Golden, Colorado 80401
Phone: 303-275-4770, Fax: 303-275-4790
Reading Room Contact: Michele Harrington Altieri
Phone: 303-275-4770
Fax: 303-275-4790
Email:  michele.altieri@go.doe.gov

Idaho Operations Office
U.S. Department of Energy
Public Reading Room
Tingey Administration Building
University Place
1776 Science Center Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
Program Administrator:  Clayton Ogilvie
Phone:  208-526-5190, Fax:  208-526-8789
Email:  Ogilvic@id.doe.gov
Contact:  Gail Willmore
Phone:  208-526-9162
Email:  gsl@inel.gov  

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
U.S. Department of Energy
DOE LSO POC:  John Belluardo
Phone:  925-422-2567
Fax:  925-423-4279
Email:  john.belluardo@oak.doe.gov
Reading Room Contact
Attn:  Scott Wilson
PO Box 808, L-797
Livermore, CA 94551

Nevada Operations Office
U.S. Department of Energy
Public Reading Room
PO Box  98521, M/S 400
Las Vegas, Nevada  89193-8521 (shipping address)
755 C East Flamingo Rd., Room 103
Las Vegas, Nevada  89119
Contact:  Jeff Gordon
Phone:  702-794-5121
Fax:  702-794-5198
Email:  cic@nv.doe.gov  

Oak Ridge Operations Office
U.S. Department of Energy
DOE Information Center
475 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, Tennessee  37830
Administrator:  Walter Perry, Assistant Director of Public Affairs
Phone:  865-576-0885 or 1800-382-6938, Option 1
Fax:  865-576-1665
Email:  perrywn@oro.doe.gov
Contact:  Eva P. Butler, Information International Associates
Phone:  865-241-4780
Fax:  865-574-3521
Email:  ebutler_doeic@commcast.net

Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant
U.S. Department of Energy
Environmental Information Center (EIC)
115 Memorial Drive
Paducah, KY 42001
Public documents related to environmental cleanup at
the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Ohio
Phone (270) 554-6979

Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant
U.S. Department of Energy
Public Environmental Information Center (EIC)
Ohio State University Endeavor Center
1862 Shyville Road (Room 220)
Piketon, Ohio  45661
Public documents related to environmental cleanup at
 the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Ohio.
Phone: (740) 289-8898

Richland Operations Office
U.S. Department of Energy
Public Reading Room
PO Box 999, MSIN H2-53
Richland, Washington  99352
Contact:  Janice Parthree
Phone:  509-372-7443
Fax:  509-372-7444
Email:  doe.reading.room@pnnl.gov

Savannah River Operations Office
U.S. Department of Energy
Public Reading Room
University of South Carolina
471 University Parkway
Aiken, South Carolina 29801
Contact: Paul Lewis
Phone: 803-641-3320
Fax: 803-641-3302
Email: paull@usca.edu

Southeastern Power Administration
U.S. Department of Energy
Public Reading Room
1166 Athens Tech Road
Elberton, GA 30635-6711
Contact:  Joel Seymour
Phone:  706-213-3800
Fax:  706-213-3884
Email:  joels@sepa.doe.gov

Strategic Petroleum Reserve Project Office
U.S. Department of Energy
Reading Room/Library
900 Commerce Road, East
New Orleans, Louisiana 70123
Contact:  Deanna Harvey
Phone:  504-734-4316
Email:  Deanna.harvey@spr.doe.gov

Western Area Power Administration
U.S. Department of Energy
Reading Room
12155 West Alameda Parkway, Suite 365
Lakewood, Colorado 80228
Contact: Patricia Land
Phone:  720-962-7014
Email:  land@wapa.gov