House Republicans sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) threatening “formal action” if it fails to fork over records about EPA Administrator’s Lisa Jackson’s use of a secondary government email account.
Six Republicans on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee,
including Chairman Lamar Smith, signed the letter. They say that Jackson’s use of a secondary government email account under the alias “Richard Windsor” violates the agency’s transparency requirements.
On Nov. 15, 2012 committee members asked for records related to the Windsor account, the letter states. “The use of a false identity raises serious questions about whether the EPA has adequately preserved related records. Despite these legitimate concerns, the EPA has thus far refused to comply with the committee’s request.”
The EPA gave an incomplete response and then ignored a Jan. 4 deadline to provide further information, the letter says. “And so we are writing you once again to remind you that you have failed to meet another deadline,” it states.
“Please provide a response to all requests . . . by Feb. 6, 2013. Failure to respond may result in formal action requiring EPA’s compliance.”
It’s all about transparency, the letter says. “EPA regulations have a significant impact on the everyday lives of Americans, and the agency should implement them in a manner that respects the public’s trust.”
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