Tofu? ToWhit? Congress reveals EPA email aliases

DINA CAPPIELLO, AP
Thu Apr 11, 5:10 PM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — For former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, it was "Richard Windsor." For President George W. Bush's first EPA chief, Christine Todd Whitman, it was "ToWhit." And for former Deputy Administrator Marcus Peacock, it was "Tofu."

Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, revealed these secret email aliases at a hearing Thursday to vet Gina McCarthy, President Barack Obama's choice to lead the agency in his second term. Republicans have been outraged at Jackson's use of the secret email alias Richard Windsor, charging that it was a way for EPA to hide information from Congress and the public.

The EPA says it releases emails from alternative addresses when it receives information requests.

But unlike Jackson's, the other aliases follow a standard format in place since the 1990s.