Email correspondence between VLA and Rhodia regarding dead birds/Rattlechain and White phosphorus

Mr Carroll made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was partially successful.

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the
information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations.

In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible.
If however this request is too wide or too unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the act, you are required to advise and assist requesters.
Can you release all correspondence recorded in emails between the Veterinary Laboratories Agency and Rhodia UK Limited/Rhodia Consumer specialities in regard to their Rattlechain lagoon/dead birds and white phosphorus poisoning of wildfowl issue? I understand that redactions relating to personal information may be given, but I have no problem with my name, should it be refered to in the emails being released. I do not believe there is sufficient grounds to redact any other information contained in the emails.
I understand that under the act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days.
I would be grateful if you could confirm that you have received this request. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future and request this information in electronic form.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Carroll

Helpline, Defra (CCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Thank you for your email.

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need a reply before then, please call the Defra Helpline on 08459 33 55
77, or from outside the UK call +44 (0) 20 7238 6951 (Minicom/textphone
for the deaf and hard of hearing: 0845 300 1998).

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 (EIRs) both require that you receive a reply
as soon as possible and no later than 20 working days after the date of
receipt of your request. This deadline may be extended under certain
limited circumstances.

Regards

Customer Contact Unit

Defra

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

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known viruses whilst within Defra systems we can accept no responsibility
once it has left our systems.
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lawful purposes.

Ref: ATI067/2011/002

Dear Mr Carroll

Thank you for your request for information about email correspondence
between VLA and Rhodia concerning Rattlechain lagoon and dead wildfowl,
which we received on 8 February. The request was sent to Defra Helpline
who have forwarded it to VLA to respond.

Your request is being considered in respect to the access to information
legislation.

As required by the legislation, we aim to answer your request within 20
working days from the date we received it. If for any reason we are
unable to meet this deadline we will keep you fully informed of the
reasons for this.

If you have any queries about this email please contact me.

Yours sincerely

Heather Hulse
Library & Records Management

Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA)

This email and any attachments is intended for the named
recipient only.
If you have received it in error you have no authority to use,
disclose, store or copy any of its contents and you should destroy
it and inform the sender. Whilst this email and associated attachments
will have been
checked for known viruses whilst within VLA systems we can
accept no responsibility once it has left our systems.
Communications on VLA's computer systems may be monitored
and/or recorded to secure the effective operation of the system
and for other lawful purposes.

Enquiries,

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Dear Mr Carroll

Please see the attached letter and associated documents. An index to the
documents is included in the letter.

Heather Hulse
VLA Librarian and Records Manager

From: Mr Carroll [[1]mailto:[FOI #61515 email]]

Sent: 08 February 2011 19:41

To: Helpline, Defra (CCU)

Subject: Freedom of Information request - Email correspondence between VLA
and Rhodia regarding dead birds/Rattlechain and White phosphorus

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the

information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information

Act and the Environmental Information Regulations.

In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query

as specifically as possible.

If however this request is too wide or too unclear, I would be

grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the

act, you are required to advise and assist requesters.

Can you release all correspondence recorded in emails between the

Veterinary Laboratories Agency and Rhodia UK Limited/Rhodia

Consumer specialities in regard to their Rattlechain lagoon/dead

birds and white phosphorus poisoning of wildfowl issue? I

understand that redactions relating to personal information may be

given, but I have no problem with my name, should it be refered to

in the emails being released. I do not believe there is sufficient

grounds to redact any other information contained in the emails.

I understand that under the act, I should be entitled to a response

within 20 working days.

I would be grateful if you could confirm that you have received

this request. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future

and request this information in electronic form.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Carroll

So I leave it to you to respond to him. Thank you once again.

Best Wishes,
Geoff

Geoff Collard
CST (Central Services Team)

Defra
Zone 2/18 TQH
0117 372 3521

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

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If you have received it in error you have no authority to use, disclose,
store or copy any of its contents and you should destroy it and inform the
sender.
Whilst this email and associated attachments will have been checked<br>for
known viruses whilst within Defra systems we can accept no responsibility
once it has left our systems.
Communications on Defra's computer systems may be monitored and/or
recorded to secure the effective operation of the system and for other
lawful purposes.

Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA)

This email and any attachments is intended for the named
recipient only.
If you have received it in error you have no authority to use,
disclose, store or copy any of its contents and you should destroy
it and inform the sender. Whilst this email and associated attachments
will have been
checked for known viruses whilst within VLA systems we can
accept no responsibility once it has left our systems.
Communications on VLA's computer systems may be monitored
and/or recorded to secure the effective operation of the system
and for other lawful purposes.

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Mr Carroll left an annotation ()

The amount of this "cruel poison" "found" in the tests does not equal the amount ingested.
The laying of a geotextile membrane forms part of the companies "closure plan" for the site in order to lead to licence surrender, and is not being done in itself for altruistic intentions- merely as a legal formality for "restoration" purposes.
There was once a claim from a works manager that this site was "a safe haven" for wildlife!- Everyone so far tested for the chemical, (dozens more never tested following "inconclusive" post mortems that would never have detected the chemical in any case), as this EIR request confirms have found this banned rat poison.

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs's handling of my FOI request 'Email correspondence between VLA and Rhodia regarding dead birds/Rattlechain and White phosphorus'.

I am querying whether I have received all the email correspondence between the VLA and Rhodia related to this issue. Specifically I would like to know if there is any correspondence between Aiden Foster of the VLA and Tom Dutton of Rhodia before the first disclosed email relating to the "Rattlechain report on September
25th 2009.
If there is no email correspondence still held, can you disclose whether there was any, but if it has been deleted and is no longer held?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/em...

Yours faithfully,

Mr Carroll

Helpline, Defra (CCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Thank you for your email.

We have a target of replying to emails within 15 working days. If you
need a reply before then, please call the Defra Helpline on 08459 33 55
77, or from outside the UK call +44 (0) 20 7238 6951 (Minicom/textphone
for the deaf and hard of hearing: 0845 300 1998).

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 (EIRs) both require that you receive a reply
as soon as possible and no later than 20 working days after the date of
receipt of your request. This deadline may be extended under certain
limited circumstances.

Regards

Customer Contact Unit

Defra

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

This email and any attachments is intended for the named recipient only.
If you have received it in error you have no authority to use, disclose,
store or copy any of its contents and you should destroy it and inform the
sender.
Whilst this email and associated attachments will have been checked<br>for
known viruses whilst within Defra systems we can accept no responsibility
once it has left our systems.
Communications on Defra's computer systems may be monitored and/or
recorded to secure the effective operation of the system and for other
lawful purposes.

O'Flynn, Kevin,

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Dear Mr Carroll

Please see attached letter regarding your request for an internal review.

Yours sincerely

Kevin O'Flynn

Records & Information Manager

Veterinary Laboratories Agency

New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB United Kingdom

Email: [1][email address]

Web: [2]www.vla.gov.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1932 357715

Fax: +44 (0)1932 357608

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Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA)

This email and any attachments is intended for the named
recipient only.
If you have received it in error you have no authority to use,
disclose, store or copy any of its contents and you should destroy
it and inform the sender. Whilst this email and associated attachments
will have been
checked for known viruses whilst within VLA systems we can
accept no responsibility once it has left our systems.
Communications on VLA's computer systems may be monitored
and/or recorded to secure the effective operation of the system
and for other lawful purposes.

References

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2. http://www.vla.gov.uk/

O'Flynn, Kevin,

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Dear Mr Carroll,

Please see attached reponse to your request for an internal review
regarding your request.

Yours sincerely,

Kevin O'Flynn

Records & Information Manager

Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA)

New Haw

Addlestone

Surrey

KT15 3NB

T: +44 (0)1932 357715

GTN: 3956 2715

F: +44 (0)1932 357608

E: [1]Kevin.O'[email address]

[2]www.defra.gov.uk/ahvla

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