For an agency determined to regulate the behaviors of everyone else, employees of the Environmental Protection Agency often seem to act as though anything they do is permissible.
As an example, one agency official was caught earlier this year spending up to six hours per day viewing pornography on his work computer – and the EPA refused to immediately fire him.
Recent reports, however, show just how nauseating staff behavior within the agency can get. According to an email sent to the employees of a Denver EPA facility, at least one individual has been foregoing the restroom in favor of the hallways.
Deputy Regional Administrator Howard Cantor wrote that a number of sickening incidents have been discovered, including “an individual placing feces in the hallway” near a lavatory. He also detailed other issues, such as toilets being stopped up with large amounts of paper towels.
The guilty employee is in hiding, lest he be appointed the next EPA administrator. http://t.co/YMUebmuhxE
— David Freddoso (@freddoso) June 25, 2014
“Management is taking this situation very seriously,” Cantor asserted, “and will take whatever actions are necessary to identify and prosecute these individuals.” Apparently unsure of the severity of these acts, EPA officials confirmed they met with John Nicoletti, an expert in handling workplace violence, regarding how to proceed. He suggested that these disturbances are not only dangerous on their own, suggesting those responsible will likely progress to more outrageous behavior.
The EPA paid a consultant to tell them that poop in the hallway is not sanitary. http://t.co/mTPwbekNGi
— Rachel Mullen (@rachelfromohio) June 25, 2014
Agency spokesperson Richard Mylott offered little additional information in his statement regarding the bizarre investigation.
“EPA cannot comment on ongoing personnel matters,” he confirmed. “EPA’s actions in response to recent workplace issues have been deliberate and have focused on ensuring a safe work environment for our employees.”
He went on to cite the agency’s conference with Nicoletti as evidence of “our commitment to securing a safe workplace.”
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