You’re not going to believe what's turned up at the Denver EPA.
Internal emails from a regional Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 8 office show that management has had to remind its employees –in writing- not to defecate in the hallway. Really.
According to a report in Government Executive, an internal email was circulated by management officials to their employees following “several incidents,” which included “an individual placing feces in the hallway.”
Determined to correct the bizarre behavior, the EPA reached out to a workplace-violence expert, John Nicoletti, who labeled the act as “very dangerous” and warned that the individual or individuals behind the incident might escalate their action.
In a statement, EPA spokesman Richard Mylott said the agency would not comment on ongoing personnel matters. He added, “EPA’s actions in response to recent workplace issues have been deliberate and have focused on ensuring a safe work environment for our employees.”
But this isn’t the first time the EPA has had to remind its employees to behave professionally. In Alaska, workers were caught watching (a lot) of porn. And then there’s John Beale –the former EPA official who tricked his bosses into believing he worked for the CIA, helped craft costly environmental standards and did it all with little, if any, environmental experience.