Freedom of Information Act Process for EGLE

COVID-19 and the Freedom of Information Act Process for EGLE
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all state office buildings are closed to the public with most state employees working remotely. During this period, EGLE will be providing any/all responsive records to FOIA requests via electronic means. It is recommended that all FOIA requests and payments be submitted to EGLE via the EGLE FOIA Request Center.  Questions or concerns may be directed to

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.

EGLE FOIA Request Center ButtonBeginning January 3, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., use the button to register with EGLE’s new FOIA Request Center as well as to submit your FOIA request, check on its status, and to pay your invoice. For additional information about how to interact with the EGLE FOIA Request Center, view the Guide for Requesters.

A request may also be posted to Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, ATTN: FOIA Coordinator, P.O. Box 30473, Lansing, MI 48909-7973 or faxed to 517-241-0858. 

General FOIA questions pertaining to EGLE should be submitted to

Transparency Liaison

Executive Directive 2019-11 requires state departments to designate an individual to serve as a transparency liaison for the department. The transparency liaison assists the public in accessing department records through the Freedom of Information Act process. The transparency liaison acts as an advocate for the disclosure of public records and for transparency and procedures that encourage public participation in public meetings. The transparency liaison also assists individuals seeking to participate in public meetings.

If you have questions about, or seek assistance with, the filing of an EGLE FOIA request, navigating the EGLE FOIA process, participating in an EGLE public meeting, or another open government issue, please contact the EGLE's Transparency Liaison by mail, email, or phone at:

EGLE Transparency Liaison
Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
P.O. Box 30473
Lansing, MI 48909-7973