Key EPA Appointments go to Trumper Yahoos

August 31, 2017

Flying monkey attack continues.

Washington Post:

During the August recess, the Trump administration has named two people — Trey Glenn and Cathy Stepp, who each had controversial tenures running the state-level regulatory agencies in Alabama and Wisconsin, respectively — to leadership positions at two of the EPA’s 12 regional administrative offices.

Though they receive less attention than EPA headquarters in Washington, the regional offices are essential to carrying out the agency’s agenda — which, in Pruitt’s case, is to ease the regulatory burden on businesses and work more closely with the states in which those businesses operate.

(Trey)Glenn will lead the Region 4 office, which covers eight states in the Southeast. (Cathy) Stepp will be deputy regional administrator at the Region 7 office, which oversees EPA operations in Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas. She will be the acting regional head until the EPA appoints a permanent one.

Glenn’s time in Alabama is marked by an ethics investigation that began in 2007 when he ran the state’s Office of Water Resources prior to leading the environmental department.

Glenn was accused of traveling to Walt Disney World and Hilton Head. S.C., on flights paid for by a public relations firm representing an environmental engineering company that did work for the water resources office.

A grand jury chose not to indict Glenn in 2009, but that year he resigned from his job heading the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) in order to “pursue opportunities in the private sector,” according to AL.com. Since resigning, he has worked as a lobbyist for the Business Council of Alabama.


“When you’ve been forced to leave a state-level agency because of ineffectiveness, it just doesn’t bode well to be put in charge of a whole region,” said Cindy Lowry, executive director of the Alabama Rivers Alliance.

Her group, along with other environmental organizations in the state, found that ADEM handed out only $286,100 in water pollution violations in 2009 — a 78 percent drop from each of the two preceding years.

Meanwhile in Wisconsin, Stepp generated headlines last year after ordering the removal of information about manmade climate change from the website of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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Similarly, Pruitt, who questions the scientific consensus that human activity is warming the planet, removed the federal agency’s climate-change website from public view in April.

Enforcement was lax under Stepp, too. Last year, nonpartisan auditors concluded that Stepp’s department failed to follow its own enforcement policies against water polluters more than 94 percent of the time between 2005 and 2015.

Stepp has run the department since 2011. In 2015, the department’s fines for polluters fell to a 30-year low.

Mindy Lubber, the chief executive of the sustainability nonprofit Ceres and a former regional administrator of the EPA’s New England office under President Clinton, said that regional heads have wide discretion to set enforcement standards as they see fit in the states they oversee.

“You can put more resources into enforcement,” Ludder said, “or you can say, we’re going to be less stringent.”

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2 Responses to “Key EPA Appointments go to Trumper Yahoos”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    Flying monkey attack indeed—–LMAO!

    Appointing these two is just further evidence of the Trump administration’s disdain for truth, transparency, honesty, intelligence, science, and good government. The flood of incompetence surrounding the Unhinged Orange Menace puts Harvey to shame.


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