Washington’s transparency and environmental communites were abuzz yesterday awaiting release by the Environmental Protection Agency of the first 3,000 of an expected 12,000 “Richard Windsor” emails sent to and from outgoing Administrator Lisa Jackson.
After sorting through technical glitches that undermined the agency’s first attempt to post the documents ordered released by a federal court, it became obvious that EPA had only made public about 2,100 emails and “Richard Windsor” – Jackson’s admitted illegal non de plume on one of her government email accounts – was nowhere to be found.
What EPA released was a collection of emails to and from Jackson at what appears to be a government email account. Among the collection were daily news clippings, Washington Post daily news briefs, Google email alerts for Jackson, and assorted other mundane documents.
Christopher Horner, the Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow who first exposed Jackson’s use of the fake name, released a statement late yesterday saying in effect that EPA was thumbing its nose at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Horner and CEI are the plaintiffs in the Freedom of Information Act suit they brought against EPA last year for refusing to turn over all Jackson emails that included the words “Richard Windsor” in connection with four regulatory issues then before the agency.
Read more at The Washington Examiner. By Mark Tapscott.