Report: EPA Could Be Relying on Fraudulent Data

Inspector general warns agency lacks process for uncovering fraud in pollution data
Coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania

As the Environmental Protection Agency prepares major new regulations on carbon emissions, the agency’s top watchdog is warning that fraudulent environmental data may be influencing its work.

The findings could provide fodder for critics of the new regulation, who warn that it could cost the U.S. economy billions and cause hundreds of thousands of Americans to lose their jobs.

Working Hard or Hardly Working at the EPA

EPA inspector general describes numerous ethical failures at agency
EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe testifying in front of the House Oversight Committee / AP

An Environmental Protection Agency employee who spent two to six hours a day perusing pornography websites such as “Sadism is Beautiful” received performance bonuses for his hard work, investigators told Congress Thursday.

Extreme Pornography Agency

EPA official caught with more than 7,000 porn files on government computer
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An Environmental Protection Agency official spent up to six hours a day on the taxpayer dime looking at pornography, according to the EPA Inspector General.

EPA Paid Nearly $500K in Unauthorized Bonuses

IG report found unauthorized retention bonuses doled out between 2006 and 2013
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) paid out nearly $500,000 in unauthorized bonuses, according to a report released by the EPA Inspector General Friday.

EPA Releases New Fuel Standards

Oil industry says costs to consumers will be higher than administration claims
Oil pumps in California / AP

The Environmental Protection Agency issued stricter rules for sulfur emissions in cars Monday, a move supported by the auto industry and environmentalists but opposed by oil refiners.

EPA Officials Obstructed Fraud Investigation

Blocked probe of senior official who cost taxpayers nearly $900,000
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy / AP

Several Environmental Protection Agency employees obstructed an investigation into the mismanagement that allowed a senior EPA official to bilk taxpayers for nearly $900,000, the EPA Inspector General said in a letter to Sen. David Vitter (R., La.) released Wednesday.