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EPA Region 8 chief resigns, GOP cites email probe

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 CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- A regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency who oversaw investigations that involved hydraulic fracturing in
Wyoming and asbestos contamination in Montana is resigning.
   EPA Region Eight Director James Martin will step down Friday. Martin had
announced his resignation to EPA employees last Friday.
   Martin says in his resignation letter it's time for him to turn his attention
 to his family. Martin is resigning after more than two years in charge of EPA
Region Eight, which covers Colorado, North and South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.
   His resignation occurs while Republicans, including Sen. David Vitter of
Louisiana, investigate whether Martin and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used
private email accounts to conduct official business.
   Jackson announced her resignation in December.
   AP-WF-02-19-13 2310GMT

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