Last Straw for EPA Administrator?
The EPA’s coziness with industry and the White House — at the expense of science — is hardly new. But firing the EPA’s Midwest Regulator for telling Dow Chemical to clean up a Michigan river could be so absurd that it signals the end for EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson.
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) compared Johnson on the Senate floor today with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Whitehouse said that like the U.S. Attorneys dismissed by Alberto Gonzales, Midwest regulator Mary Gade was let go because she wasn’t "a loyal Bushie."
Whitehouse mentioned that the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee will hold an oversight hearing Wednesday on political interference at the EPA. The House oversight committee will hold a similar hearing Thursday where Johnson is scheduled to testify.
Johnson has been mostly silent in the face of nonstop criticism since December. With so much unchallenged evidence of inappropriate political interference, he may no longer be able to keep quiet.