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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests
COVID-19 and the Freedom of Information Act Process for EGLE
At this time, EGLE offices are open for onsite record review by appointment only. Records responsive to FOIA requests continue to be provided via electronic means, in the EGLE FOIA Request Center. It is recommended that all FOIA requests and payments be submitted to EGLE via the EGLE FOIA Request Center. Questions or concerns about the FOIA may be directed to EGLE-FOIA@Michigan.gov. For additional COVID-19 information, please visit Michigan.gov/EGLE/About/Covid-19.
The Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides all persons (except persons incarcerated in correctional facilities) with access to public records of public bodies. Requests to inspect or receive public records from EGLE must be in writing and describe the requested records with enough detail to enable the department to identify and locate the requested records. Some records are exempt from disclosure under the FOIA or another statute and thus will not be provided. A fee may be charged to process your request.
For additional information about how to interact with the EGLE FOIA Request Center, view the Guide for Requesters. Please note, records will only be available in EGLE's FOIA Request Center for 365 calendar days; at which time they will be destroyed as required by the Department's records and retention schedule.
The Michigan Freedom of Information Act, Public Act 442 of 1976, as amended (FOIA) regulates and sets requirements for the disclosure of public records by all public bodies.
Do I need to submit a FOIA?
Maybe not. Please see below as EGLE provides access to many databases that may contain the information you need.