Top EPA official used private email account to correspond with environmental groups

Five of the emails that were forwarded to Martin’s private account were sent from Patton as an “fyi,” and concerned possible congressional action on EPA standards.

“With the exception of email #6, I did not take any action on these emails sent to my personal email account or otherwise rely on these emails in furtherance of EPA business,” Martin said in his supplemental declaration.

Martin has previously used private accounts while in government. He created at least two private Gmail accounts while he was a state regulator in Colorado, according to court documents.

In those documents, Martin said he created the accounts “for the purpose of allowing effective communication using mobile devices,” and he says that the Gmail accounts were created so that state employees could “convey messages that would otherwise be unreadable.”

CEI sent test messages to both of these emails to see if they were still active. Neither test message bounced back — meaning both accounts were still active. It is unclear whether they are still in use by Martin.

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