EPA Union Leader: Public Records Request Was ‘Retaliation’


Emma Lee, WHHY

Protesters march on Arch Street in support of the EPA, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. EPA employee Gary Morton spoke at the rally. About a week later, a Freedom of Information Act request was made seeking any emails between him and Sen. Bob Casey.

With looming budget cuts threatening jobs, employees at the Environmental Protection Agency have something else to worry about. A private agency investigated employees who criticized the EPA, according to a report in the New York Times.

When EPA union official Gary Morton protested proposed budget cuts during his lunch hour last March outside EPA’s Region 3 headquarters in Center City Philadelphia, he didn’t think it would lead to a public records request regarding his emails.

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