Leading EPA Official Arrested for Colluding with Coal Industry

Another Trump official was arrested this week, and this time it had nothing to do with the Robert Mueller investigation. Following multiple criminal indictments by an Alabaman grand jury, Trey Glenn, the top administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s southeast region, was booked into county jail before being released on $30,000 bail.

His crime? Well, it seems only suitable that a man serving in the “least ethical” administration ever would get busted on felony ethics charges. Prosecutors contend (and the grand jury agrees) that Glenn was involved in an illicit scheme to help a coal company get out of covering the tab to clean up a toxic waste mess for which it is responsible.

Not all of the details have been made public as of yet, but what is clear is that Glenn and his business associate Scott Phillips will stand trial for multiple violations of Alabama’s Ethics Acts, including charges of soliciting and accepting bribes for some quid pro quo work.

Earlier this summer, two coal execs were convicted (and sent to prison for years-long sentences) on related charges for trying to impede efforts to clean toxic waste. Now it appears that Glenn and Phillips also played a role in the scheme and will get their dates in court, as well. In the previous trials, evidence demonstrated that Glenn was heavily complicit in trying to turn local and political leaders against cleaning up the waste.

Interestingly, Glenn is no stranger to the Alabama Ethics Commission. Eleven years ago, Glenn, then the head of Alabama’s EPA, was caught up in some scandals of breaking laws and accepting gifts from energy industry groups. Although officials decided not to prosecute him, he did wind up resigning amidst the controversy.

Despite this shady history, Trump and Scott Pruitt selected Glenn to oversee the EPA in eight states anyway. As Rep. Frank Pallone of the House Committee of Energy and Commerce noted, “Trey Glenn should have never made it through any serious vetting process.”

Thus far, EPA officials have refused to comment on the situation on the record, which isn’t particularly surprising given all of the ethics scandals its former leader Pruitt faced before his own departure. For what it’s worth, though, Glenn refutes any wrongdoing. “The charges against me are totally unfounded, and will be vigorously defended,” Glenn said in a prepared statement.

You may ask yourself, why would Glenn risk his job and, well, freedom on behalf of the coal lobby? For starters, he’s worked as a coal lobbyist over the past decade. His livelihood has been tied to working on behalf of the industry, not regulating it.

Hmmm… maybe all those energy lobbyists the EPA keeps installing in important positions has no positive impact on the environment? Just a thought!

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rachel ramah
Past Member 18 days ago

Thank you!

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heather g
heather g19 days ago

Belinda L. I couldn't send you a star - but thank you for the info.

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Ruth G
Ruth G23 days ago

IT NEEDS BANNING WORLWIDE! 200,000 OF THEM ARE ENDANGERED SPECIES!!ACCORDING TO THE GUARDIAN ,US HUNTERS ARE BY FAR THE LARGEST KILLERS OF TROPHY ANIMALS INCLUDING HALF OF ALL LIONS KILLED IN THE LAST DECADE.THE MOST POPULAR TARGET WAS THE POOR AMERICAN BLACK BEAR,93,000 IN THE LAST DECADE.AFTER THE US HUNTERS FROM GERMANY & SPAIN TAKE THE MOST TROPHIES, AN APPALLING 10,000 ENTERING EACH COUNTRY OVER THE LAST DECADE!!!!.THE UK IMPORTED LESS THAN 500 OVER THE SAME PERIOD. WE WANT A FULL BAN & ZERO IMPPORTS INTO THE UK..NOTHING LESS!

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Marija M
Marija M24 days ago

Is it possible? Leading officials usually NOT guilty....

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Shirley P
Shirley Plowman25 days ago

HE MUST GO NOW!!!!!!!

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Belinda Lang
Belinda Lang25 days ago

This scandal started when an executive and a lawyer, on behalf of a coal mining company, bribed a state representative to persuade his constituents in a certain neighborhood to not allow the EPA to test the soil on their property for contamination. The coal mining company didn't want to pay the costs of the cleanup. The state representative turned state's evidence against the two men and apologized to his constituents. Go to www.al.com the online version of the local newspaper in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Mark H
Mark H25 days ago

Thanks. I hadn't seen this story elsewhere.

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Anna R
Anna R25 days ago

Thank you for sharing

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Andrea S
Andrea S25 days ago

yikes

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Teresa W
Teresa W25 days ago

You cannot currently send a star to Tabot because you have done so within the last hour.

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