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EPA tells Congress it has lost emails

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Environmental Protection Agency tells Congress it lost emails too and hopes to recover them. (Source: CNN) Environmental Protection Agency tells Congress it lost emails too and hopes to recover them. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - First, the House Oversight Committee focused on lost emails at the IRS.

Then a day later, on Wednesday, it learned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is also having trouble recovering emails the committee wants as part of a separate investigation.

An EPA administrator said the agency cannot access some emails belonging to a biologist who worked on a controversial mining project assessment.

He said there's a challenge in getting access to data on a hard drive, but they're still hoping to recover all the emails.

The committee is investigating whether the biologist or anyone else at the agency colluded with environmentalists to produce a negative assessment of a mining proposal in Alaska.

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