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FIA-13-0026 - In the Matter of Hanford Challenge

On May 20, 2013, the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) issued a decision denying an appeal (Appeal) from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) determination issued by the Department of Energy’s Richland Operations Office (ROO). The Appellant, the Hanford Challenge, contested the ROO’s denial of a fee waiver in processing its FOIA request.  The OHA concluded that as the requested records pertained to an alleged whistleblower reprisal concerning only one individual, those records would not contribute significantly to the public’s understanding of the DOE’s overall support of contractors who are defending whistleblower investigations at the Hanford site.  Therefore, the OHA denied the Appeal.