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EPA Watchdog Accepts Agency’s Fixes to Troubled Colorado Lab

March 22, 2022, 8:06 PM

The EPA’s internal watchdog has agreed to the agency’s proposed culture fixes at a high-tech Colorado forensics lab whose work is central to resolving environmental crimes.

In a Tuesday memo, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General said it deemed the agency’s proposals to be a satisfactory resolution to a May report that documented workers at the National Enforcement Investigations Center alleging a “culture of fear” characterized by reprimands from senior management, low staff morale, and fear of retribution.

Included in the EPA’s proposed fixes was a pledge to evaluate, on a quarterly basis, overall job satisfaction, workers’ ...