Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Public Reading Facilities/Electronic Reading Facilities

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The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Electronic FOIA (E-FOIA) require that various specific types of records, as well as various other records, be maintained in public reading facilities.

Before you submit a FOIA request, we recommend you contact or visit the appropriate public reading facility to determine if the records you are seeking have already been released. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as well as other related DOE sites, have established home pages on the Internet with links to other web sites. If you determine a specific facility might have records in which you are interested, requests for those records can be made directly to the public reading rooms identified below. Copying of records located in the public reading rooms must be made by the staff of those facilities.

The DOE Carlsbad Field Office’s primary public reading facility is located at the Carlsbad Field Office and is open between the hours of 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The address and point-of-contact are:

Skeen-Whitlock Building
WIPP Information Center
4021 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220
(575) 234-7200

Please note that due to current national security concerns, efforts are underway to review the nature of the documents that are available to the public. As a result of this effort and in the future, some documents may no longer be available to the public. For your use, public reading facilities, other than in Carlsbad, NM are listed below.

New Mexico State Library
1209 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 476-9717
Lori Thornton, Librarian
Monday through Friday - 12:00 to 5:00 pm

Zimmerman Library
Government Information Department
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
(505) 277-5441, main number
(505) 277-7180, Dan Barkley
Monday through Thursday 8:00 am to 11:30 pm
Friday - 8:00 am to 8:30 pm
Saturday - 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday - 10:30 am to 11:30 pm

DOE/Forrestal Building
Reading Room
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 1E-190
Washington, DC 20585
(202) 586-6025, Abel Lopez, FOIA
(202) 586-3142, Carolyn Lawson
Monday through Friday - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Defense Nuclear Facilities
Safety Board Library
Indiana Ave., NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 208-6447
Monday through Friday - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

DOE Information Center
475 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
(865) 241-4780
1-800-382-6938, option 6
Monday through Friday - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sandia National Laboratories
Nuclear Waste Management
Program Library
P.O. Box 5800 MS 0731
Albuquerque, NM 87185-0731
(505) 844-2776
Sandra "Sandy" Halliday
Monday through Friday - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

U.S. Environment Protection Agency
WIPP Program Office of Radiation and Indoor
Radiation Protection Division
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (MC 6608J)
Washington D.C. 20460-0001
(202) 566-1744
Monday through Friday - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm