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Senior GOP Lawmakers Demand Private Emails 
from EPA Official

Jan 30, 2013
(The Hill)

Two senior Republicans say an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official who oversees the site of a controversial hydraulic fracturing study has used a private email account for official business.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) made that charge in a Tuesday letter to EPA Regional Administrator James Martin. The lawmakers said Martin used an Apple email account to speak with an attorney with the Environmental Defense Fund.

“The use of personal, non-official e-mail accounts raises concerns that you could be attempting to insulate this and other e-mail correspondence from a Freedom of Information Act request. Moreover, your actions may also constitute violation of the Federal Records Act,” the lawmakers wrote to Martin, whose region includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and 27 tribal nations.