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The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter Thursday to the Environmental Protection Agency demanding to know whether Administrator Lisa Jackson used a secret email address to communicate within the agency.

Researcher Christopher Horner revealed last month that Ms. Jackson used the email alias “Richard Windsor” for internal agency communications, which has prompted questions about whether her communications with that address were part of open-records searches or requests for information from Congress.

“We recognize the utility of a secondary, internal email account for the conduct of agency business. We seek to understand whether conducting business with an alias has in any way affected the transparency of the agency’s activities or the quality or completeness of information provided to the committee,” Committee Chairman Fred Upton and investigations subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns said in their letter Thursday.

The EPA has acknowledged issuing a secondary email address to Ms. Jackson, saying that since her regular address is listed on the website and gets flooded with messages, she needed another one to be able to handle agency business.

EPA officials have said that the Richard Windsor email was regularly searched when someone requested information from Ms. Jackson’s communications.

Last month the House science committee began its own investigation into Ms. Jackson’s emails.

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