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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. MSHA must determine whether to grant expedited processing within 10 calendar days of receipt of the request by the proper FOIA office.