EPA accused of blocking independent investigations

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general is accusing a unit run by President Barack Obama's political staff inside the EPA of operating as a "rogue law enforcement agency" that is blocking independent investigations and violating federal law.

Patrick Sullivan will tell a House oversight committee Wednesday that the EPA's Office of Homeland Security, which is overseen by the chief of staff to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, has for years impeded inspector general investigations, citing national security interests. Sullivan's prepared testimony was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

Another investigator will testify that McCarthy asked the inspector general's office to halt a probe into a homeland security office employee after he allegedly assaulted the second investigator, according to her prepared testimony.

EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe will tell Congress the agency's employees work cooperatively with the inspector general and support its mission, according to his prepared testimony.