What is an expedited request?

MSHA can provide for the expedited processing of a FOIA request if the requester can show "compelling need" in one of two ways: 1) by establishing that the failure to obtain the records quickly "could reasonably be expected to pose an imminent threat to the life or physical safety of an individual;" or, 2) if the requester is a "person primarily engaged in disseminating information," by demonstrating that an "urgency to inform the public concerning actual or alleged Federal Government activity" exists.


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