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FIA-14-0008 - In the Matter of Paul DeRienzo

On February 21, 2014, 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 Richmond Operations Office (ROO).  The Appellant requested a “database printout of any documents with the keywords of “heat exchanger 4A” for the time period of 1963 through 1964 and any meeting minutes regarding leakages in the heat exchangers on or around July 18, 1963 and on or around     June 10, 1963 with representatives of Burns & Roe, Combustion Engineering, and Kaiser Engineer as reported in the Irradiation Processing Department Monthly Report or June and July 1963.” While the ROO provided some documents that were responsive to the Appellant’s FOIA Request, the Appellant contended that ROO did not conduct an adequate search for records because ROO did not provide a copy of the requested meeting minutes. The OHA reviewed ROO’s description of its search methodology and search terms, and determined that it conducted an adequate search for responsive documents.  Therefore, the OHA denied the Appeal.