Originally published July 3 2014
EPA asks employees in Colorado office not to defecate in the hallway
by L.J. Devon, Staff Writer
(NaturalNews) EPA workers at the Region 8 office in Denver, Colorado, might feel a mile high or even think that they're losing their minds after seeing human feces in the hallway of the government building.
According to an internal email obtained by Government Executive, the federal employees have been warned to stop clogging up toilets and defecating in the hallway.
Apparently, an EPA worker has taken his feces out of the bathroom and placed it in the hallway.
Out of insanity? Out of arrogance? Out of protest? No one knows.
"Management is taking this situation very seriously and will take whatever actions are necessary to identify and prosecute these individuals," wrote Deputy Regional Administrator Howard Cantor in an email.
Towel-clogged toilets escalate into hallway defecation Cantor has warned the Denver staff of "several" inappropriate bathroom "incidents" going on in the federal building. The incidents started out as towel-clogged toilets and have escalated into "an individual placing feces in the hallway."
The situation had gotten so far out of hand that the EPA management was forced to consult with workplace violence specialist John Nicoletti. According to Nicoletti, the perpetrators are likely to escalate their behavior further, calling the hallway defecation "very dangerous" behavior.
A spokesman for the EPA, Richard Mylott, said, "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."
78 integrity investigations currently underway in the EPA aloneThese aren't the first signs of a disintegrating culture of EPA behavior. Earlier in March, oversight from the EPA's Office of Inspector General revealed that there were 78 current investigations underway for integrity. Five of the cases involved EPA officials who were political appointees. In May, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee called out the EPA for costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars while sustaining a system riddled with high-ranking fraud and "criminal conduct."
EPA worker caught viewing porn on the job up to six hours a dayThat same month, an EPA employee was found viewing pornography two to six hours a day after a trove of 7,000 porn files was uncovered on his work computer. Another investigation revealed a retired EPA employee still receiving pay in a retirement home. Then there was a case of one EPA political appointee accepting travel gifts from lobbyists.
But a worker flinging feces in the hallway -- now that is about as indecent as the EPA can go. Has government grown so big that it cannot contain a level of decency, a standard of bathroom manners?
EPA spokesman Richard Mylott must be embarrassed, saying that the "EPA cannot comment on ongoing personnel matters. EPA's actions in response to recent workplace issues have been deliberate and have focused on ensuring a safe work environment for our employees."
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