Watchdog group files complaint with EPA inspector general over apparent violation from agency head

The Acting Associate Administrator for the Office of Air may be in hot water

Sophie Mann, Just the News

The watchdog group Protect the Public’s Trust has filed a complaint with the inspector general of the Environmental Protection Agency alleging an official may have “improperly exerted his influence to arrange a high-level meeting with personnel on behalf of his former employer.”

Before accepting his current role at the EPA, Joseph Goffman, the acting associate administrator for the agency’s Office of Air, was employed by Harvard Law School as the executive director of the Environmental and Energy Law Program.

But following the signing of his EPA recusal statement in early April of this year, Goffman recommended to someone who worked for him the agency take a meeting with Harvard – an action he was barred from taking due to his recusal statement

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