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North Carolina’s environmental boss, EPA Region 4 administrator Trey Glenn indicted in Alabama

EPA Region 4 Administrator Trey Glenn, center, at an information and listening session about emerging compounds like GenX, held in Fayetteville earlier this year. Left is DEQ Secretary Michael Regan and right is Peter Grevatt of the EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water. (File photo: Lisa Sorg)

This past summer, Trey Glenn, the EPA administrator over Region 4, which includes North Carolina, visited Fayetteville for a listening session on GenX and other emerging contaminants. “It’s a great time to be an American. It’s a great time to work at the EPA,” Glenn said in his tone-deaf opening remarks.

It’s uncertain how long Glenn’s great time at the agency will last. This week an Alabama grand jury indicted Glenn — a Trump administration appointee — on state ethics charges. The allegations stem from his previous work with a law firm that helped a coal company block an EPA cleanup of contamination in a low-income Black neighborhood in north Birmingham. The company, Drummond, was among the parties responsible for the pollution.

Al.com, a paper of record in Alabama, has an excellent story with extensive background on Glenn’s misdeeds. A Mother Jones piece also contains juicy details.

Al.com reported that Glenn and former Alabama Environmental Commissioner Scott Phillips worked in tandem to derail the polluted communities’ efforts to compel the coal company to clean up the contramination.

From Al.com:

From 2014 through 2017, Glenn and Phillips worked with those defendants [the coal company] to oppose the EPA efforts, court exhibits and trial testimony showed. One exhibit in that trial showed that Phillips proposed to “hijack” a north Birmingham community organization that had been working with the EPA to clean up neighborhoods there. During his testimony, Phillips said that by “hijack” he meant “work with.”

Among Glenn’s previous scandals: his financial involvement with Big Sky Environmental, responsible for the so-called “poop train.”

Again from Al.com:

Big Sky Environmental made headlines this year after it accepted human feces from New York for disposal at its Adamsville landfill. A train that delivered that refuse stunk up the surrounding community and after national news coverage became known as the “poop train.”

Mother Jones reported that the EPA didn’t respond to requests for comment about Glenn’s future at the agency. The great times, though, could soon be over.

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