It’s widely known that many employees in the Environmental Protection Agency really care about the environment, but this may go a little too far even for them.
Management for EPA’s Region 8 office in Denver, Colorado sent an email earlier this year telling employees to cease their gross bathroom habits, including pooping in the hallway.
The news site Government Executive obtained an email from EPA Deputy Regional Administrator Howard Cantor from earlier this year, mentioning “several incidents” in the agency’s office building, including clogged the toilets and “an individual placing feces in the hallway.”
Things apparently got so bad, the agency “consulted” with workplace violence expert John Nicoletti, who — not surprisingly — said poop in the hallways was an office health and safety risk. Nicoletti said such actions were dangerous and those responsible would “probably escalate” their feces plans.
“Management is taking this situation very seriously and will take whatever actions are necessary to identify and prosecute these individuals,” Cantor wrote, pleading those with knowledge of the poop culprits to come forward.
The EPA could not comment on the incident when asked by Government Executive.
“EPA cannot comment on ongoing personnel matters,” an EPA spokeswoman said. “EPA’s actions in response to recent workplace issues have been deliberate and have focused on ensuring a safe work environment for our employees. Our brief consultation with Dr. Nicoletti on this matter, a resource who regularly provides our office with training and expertise on workplace issues, reflects our commitment to securing a safe workplace.”
Reports of EPA employees leaving poop in the hallways comes as the House Oversight Committee held a hearing on EPA management, focusing on some of the scandals that have recently occurred at the agency.
These include the more than $1 million that was stolen from the agency from former employee John Beale, who posed as a CIA agent while working at EPA. Beale was not actually a CIA agent and used the guise to get paid to skip work. He also continued to draw a hefty salary after he retired.
Beale was convicted last December for his fraud and sentenced to 32 months in prison and forced to pay $1.4 million back to the agency.
This news also comes after reports surfaced that one EPA employee spent an inordinate amount of time watching pornography while at work. The employee had 7,000 porn files on his computer which he had been watching for two to six hours per day since 2010. To top it off, he still works at the EPA.
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