EPA shields information regarding administrator’s secret email account

The Environmental Protection Agency is blocking the release of key information around an alias email account used by its previous secretary by inappropriately applying a Freedom of Information Act exemption, three Republican lawmakers say.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith (R. Texas), chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, and Sen. David Vitter (R., La.), ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee wrote a letter to the EPA’s inspector general yesterday requesting he broaden his ongoing investigation into the EPA to examine whether the agency improperly used FOIA exemptions.

The EPA’s inspector general has been investigating whether the agency “follows applicable laws and regulations when using private and alias email accounts to conduct official business,” according to the letter. The inspector general opened the inquiry at the request of Smith’s committee.

“Since this initial request was sent, it has come to our attention that EPA is invoking questionable Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exceptions to prevent the public from knowing the various email address(es) used by the administrator. Specifically, EPA has been improperly invoking Exemption 6 of FOIA to hide the email account name, the domain name, and the server used by Lisa Jackson in her capacity as administrator,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter.

Exemption 6 protects an individual’s “personal privacy interests” from being released through a FOIA request, according to the Department of Justice.

Read more at The Washington Free Beacon. By Andrew Evans.

Comments

  1. they should send them to jail we pay there saleries

    • WE are their EMPLOYERS! If she is not performing "completely" what she was PAID to do, she must reimburse her salary, be sued, and get jail time! WAY to often THEY ALL forget who they work for! When we pay for what they do, ANY information unless it it top secret, is OURS! If we owned a Company that we depended on for survival, we would NEVER allow the incompetent, inept, sneaky, dishonest, lying, subterfugal, under-handed employees to work for us like we do in our Government, Washington and White House! You can almost give this Administration a pass simply because they were hand-picked from Party members! And we should have never hired their boss in the first place! We've already "gone down twice"! Within the next two years, we will either be struggling to stay afloat, keep from going down the THIRD time, or be on the bottom of the ocean!

    • Agree but here we are right back to the injustice dept.

  2. Patrick Henry says:

    The EPA is just trying to hide something. IF they do not want anyone to see it, then their is something very wrong in the informatioin they are protecting. IT is about time that Americans take back this country and get rid of this crooks that are doing these things to the American People. We The People…………

    • Surely you JEST! You couldn't possibly mean our articulant, well-educated (although so far there are no records to prove it) scholar, a law professor (nor proof of that either)! ONE thing we know of his past is it took him two years to produce something that can be obtained in about ten minutes in your County of Birth! And he selected the people closest to him that were closest to him in Chicago, etc.! Most of which are members of the same party Vals in-law and HIS mentor were in charge of in Chicago. In fact some of the members he chose were mentored by the older ones! Just one big happy family! Lots of little nooks and crannies to gather in as well! Just the thought of it should scare the AICH out of every God and Country loving American!

  3. Joseph Ward says:

    Just more illegalities for the administration of evil, for evil and by evil, to get away with.

  4. Defund them until they do what is expected of them. They have proven to be a self serving , fraudulent organiation run by a liberal zealot for her personal agenda. They have cost the taxpayers billions and are now refusing to obey a lawful order.
    TIME TO DROP A HAMMER ON THEM. DEFUND THEM NOW!!!!!!!!

  5. Three committees asking for information and the investigation being conducted by the EPA Inspector General. Wow; I'll bet the outcome will be similar to Fast and Furious. No one gets indicted, no one held accountable, millions spent on investigations and no one goes to jail.

  6. Just another example of the corruption we have to endure in our current "government"……….

  7. THE CONGRESS ISSA AND THE LIKES WHO ARE ON TO THEM SHOULD PUT A REQUEST TO HAVE THE EPA ABOLISHED DUE TO INAPPROPRIATE OPERATING PROCEDURES AND INADIAQUIT LEADERSHIP SO WE WILL JUST OBLISH THIS AS A USLESS GROUP.

    • Hey Steve, I love your thought! Maybe take a few more bureacratic agencies with them like the DOE. They have NOT increased our energy situation and act more like the EPA. Seems like most of these agencies cibtrubute little of value and are just bribes for votes.

  8. The exalted one made sure ANY objection would eventually reach, and be thrown out by the Supreme Court! These people thought of everything! Our Constitution GIVES us the right to dismiss them ALL if they are not performing to our satisfaction! But that would be like ripping up wall to wall velcro that has been put down with a steam roller, off new carpet! The STATES should have the right to regulate their OWN EPA! Our Government is so inept and incompetent noone in Washington knows about "running" anything except away from it! Like our illustrious non-Leader who treats AF1 like a Market Street Taxi!
    We need to have OUR head examined for letting it get to this! Do we want to HEAL or HEEL?

  9. The EPA's actions, so far, have proven it's managements contempt for the laws of this country . Therefore, any person involved should be placed on the short list for for prosecution and/or termination. If the entire organization is found to be complicit , then it should be made impotent by defunding it's operating budget and reassign it's employees to other agencies

  10. JennieWalsh says:

    The EPA is just another one of the Satanic organized crime syndicate's MANY organizations and bureaucracies set up for the purpose of raking in money and gaining power for the criminals.

  11. Lisa needs to be in jail she is Ovmits little witch that is why she is steping down she is running but she cat hide We will no where she is

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