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EPA Responds to Sunshine State News Report on Email Aliases

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a statement responding to Sunshine State News' story this morning on secret email accounts and a researcher's lawsuit alleging noncompliance with the Freedom of Information Act:

"For more than a decade, EPA administrators have been assigned two official, government-issuedemail accounts: a public account and an internal account. The email address for the public account is posted on EPA's website and is used by hundreds of thousands of Americans to send messages to the administrator. The internal account is an everyday, working email account of the administrator to communicate with staff and other government officials.

"Given the large volume of emails sent to the public account more than 1.5 million in fiscal year 2012, for instancethe internal email account is necessary for effective management and communication between the administrator and agency colleagues.

"In the case of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, both the public and internal accounts are reviewed for responsive records, and responsive records from both accounts are provided to FOIA requesters."

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