EPA Tells Staff Don't Talk
The Environmental Protection Agency is telling its pollution enforcement officials not to talk with congressional investigators, reporters, and even the agency's own inspector general, according to an internal email. The June 16 email tells 11 managers in the EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, the branch of the agency charged with making sure environmental laws are followed, to remind staff to keep quiet. "If you are contacted directly. . . . please do not respond to questions or make any statements."