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EPA: Agency fraud runs rampant

January 2, 2014

One wonders how President Barack Obama and Environmental Protection Agency officials expect the public to trust the agency when it cannot even police its own high-ranking executives....

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DKexpat

Jan-06-14 10:44 PM

He wasn't a political appointee, just a crooked civil servant.

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localresident

Jan-03-14 11:48 AM

"Beale started his escapades in 2000"

Not that it really matters, but this makes Beale a Clinton appointee. Blame him for this guy.

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DunkirkRez

Jan-03-14 11:34 AM

How can anyone expect anything from the EPA after Bush gutted it and eliminated most of it's funding?

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CadeFoster

Jan-03-14 9:49 AM

google this for you that have no idea what it is ..............................Mountaintop removal mining (MTR), also known as mountaintop mining (MTM), is a form of surface mining that involves the mining of the summit or summit ridge of a mountain. Coal seams are extracted from a mountain by removing the land, or overburden, above the seams. The land may be dumped back on the ridge and compacted to reflect the approximate original contour of the mountain.

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Krasnitz

Jan-03-14 1:07 AM

Clearly this is another editorial flown in from J.D.'s overlords in West Virginia. Maybe then send in a stack and our fearless editor picks one at random. He must be near the bottom of the pile, this is old news...

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Krasnitz

Jan-03-14 1:04 AM

Beale started his escapades in 2000 and ran wild during the entire regime of Bush the lesser. He was bought to task and made restitution during the current (Obama) regime

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Nathan

Jan-02-14 7:48 PM

Judeye, Who was the president when the jerk was hired... not relevant. Who is the president who must ensure that it doesn't continue... Your guy.

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localresident

Jan-02-14 5:48 PM

"Most bureaucracies are filled with waste and fraud"

Unfortunately, this is entirely true, during every president, and at most all levels. Rumors of $1000 toilet seats, $400 hammers, etc., but some of this can be accounted for because of the way Gov't accounting procedures are. Is it right? No way, but how can the gov't budget for "black" projects when no exact dollar amount is given, especially with the numbers those projects can ring up? But, contractors do take advantage when they can: www dot mnn dot com/money/green-workplace/blogs/sneaky-contractors-turn-epa-warehouse-into-a-man-cave

Not to mention lavish agency conventions at expensive spas/hotels, and it all ads up fast right on top of things like spy satellite technology development.

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judeye

Jan-02-14 5:18 PM

JoeW..he had been at the position since 2000...duh...who was president then?

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Christopher

Jan-02-14 12:29 PM

Most bureaucracies are filled with waste and fraud, it's actually almost a part of their definition. Every agency, regardless of good intent, and many times overall good results from the programs they run, are filled with political hacks without qualifications, nepotism abounds, I could go on and on, and this of course includes the Military. You can't separate one program from another, one party leadership from another, it clearly crosses party lines. How about Iran/Contra? How much money was wasted and unaccounted for by contractors working for Halliburton in Iraq? Easy answer, BILLIONS! This isn't an Obama issue, it's a GOVERNMENT issue. The fact that this very old issue just appeared in the Observer is not a surprise.

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Stanislaus

Jan-02-14 12:11 PM

The paper didn't call out Obama as being the problem. It calls out Obama to help eliminate the frauds that our own government conducts. Obama's lack of transparency is certainly a concern, so I am not sure why the paper would even believe this moron.

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Nathan

Jan-02-14 10:36 AM

EPA should be gutted. States provide adequate environmental oversight for environmental issues. It would save the taxpayers a host of double dip costs.

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DKexpat

Jan-02-14 9:49 AM

This story had a lot of play in DC newspapers at the time – guess the Observer doesn’t get out much.

EVERYONE believed his story – his bosses, friends, even his wife. (Steiner, please chime in.) Heck, he even had a handicapped parking spot due to malaria contracted in Vietnam. (He was never there.) Beale continued to receive money for 18 months after retirement, which (finally) triggered an investigation by the agency’s inspector general’s office.

Funny as all get out if it weren’t for the lax HR and personnel management practices at the EPA – his former boss is now the EPM administrator! Beale did pay back every penny, with interest, which is why he received such a light sentence.

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Dcronlg

Jan-02-14 9:16 AM

Somehow this entirely bogus editorial (a usual, typical product of the gossipy church lady gaggle OBSERVER board) -- the EPA inspector general was on to this Beale fraudster LAST FEBRUARY, & Beale plead guilty in LAST SEPTEMBER for not showing up to work for over the years (so, just how possible is it that Beale remotely tainted Obama EPA policies when Beale wasn't even around????) -- became a doorway for the usual cast of white-folk resentful ignoramuses (steinerdzzz, PR, Deliverance Twin #2...) to declare open season on Judeye.

Whaaat? Nothing better for the ignoramuses to do on a cold snowy day than to fire up their hot air and spew their clueless resentfulness -- which is EXACTLY what this editorial is about?

You guys on the gaggle payroll (such as it is..)?

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CadeFoster

Jan-02-14 9:00 AM

Judy did not ask how a mountian is made. But................Mountaintop removal mining (MTR), also known as mountaintop mining (MTM), is a form of surface mining that involves the mining of the summit or summit ridge of a mountain. Coal seams are extracted from a mountain by removing the land, or overburden, above the seams. The land may be dumped back on the ridge and compacted to reflect the approximate original contour of the mountain.

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Steiner

Jan-02-14 8:31 AM

hey judeye, the only time mountains grow is when the tectonic plates collide and push them up. Otherwise, they slowly erode away. Standard science judeye. A volcano will grow , but it periodically blasts its sides and height off during eruptions. You know nothing judeye, nothing at all.how is it you dont know this? Coal is valuable in chemicals, th germans knew this even if you dont. you dont know a lot judeye.you ste all them organic chemists straight, tell them you know better. fisher - tropsch would laugh you out of exitanse

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Steiner

Jan-02-14 7:58 AM

hey judeye, most of the coal arises from out west in giant strip mines. coal damages the environnment? what do you offer as a replacement ? green energy ? The EPA scandal is well documnetded and per the WSJ at least one gal friend of Beale was gushing over him, how good a person he is. the gals at the EPA will wreck american life as they know no science. judeye, i ask again, tell us of your energy alternatives. we stripped the earth of trees for energy, coal arrived and then oil. We are talking quadrillion btus judeye , tell us.you are growing mountains judeye ?

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PR24601

Jan-02-14 7:52 AM

HaveANiceDay.. natural gas? No no no my friend. Let Judge Judeye tell you how bad natural gas is too. If Judge Judeye had her way, we'd read by candlelight and just bundle up in the winter when it's cold. Because we can't burn coal, trees, or natural gas without ruining the planet. Didn't you know that??? Where have you been HaveANice???

Judge Judeye says no fracking, no coal, no tree-burning. When she understands wind turbines and solar panels, and their construction process, she'll want no wind/solar either because it's merely passing the carbon footprint up the line.

We should not generate energy whatsoever. It's dangerous. Judge Judeye knows what's best for us all. Let's follow her example. In fact I'm throwing out my computer after this post because it's getting hard to breath in here with the toxic airspace it's created in my office and all.

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joew

Jan-02-14 7:50 AM

The paper found a way to blame the President? Judeye please tell us who the CEO of the country is?

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PR24601

Jan-02-14 7:44 AM

thumper.. is that "job" being a Dunkirk Welfare Rat?

Show up in Dunkirk, no residency required, waltz over to DSS and get some of that free money? Obama money? You know the one where we just have all this free money to pay for welfare rat phones, internets, housing, transport, food, medical.. even if you aren't a resident of the 50 US states, or haven't even established 1 year's residency in NYS. And you don't even have to look for a job.

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HaveANiceDay

Jan-02-14 7:24 AM

He's a fraud.......but coal is still dirty. Thank god Dunkirk is converting to gas.

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thumper

Jan-02-14 7:24 AM

Most people don't know there are actually certain jobs in New york state where itis actually legal to get paid for no show jobs and still collect pay and benefits.

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judeye

Jan-02-14 7:02 AM

This would be funny if not so tragic..for us the taxpayer whose money was wasted..and for our environment who lacked a strong science based advocate. He was only caught when the director of epa found he was still on the payroll after he was supposedly 'retired'.

He started this fraud of taking time off for CIA duties ha ha..back in 2000. Still this paper found a reason to blame Pres Obama. Yes, they are all fools. He was a good con man, and like con man was able to convince all, especially his boss the epa director, that he in fact was a CIA agent who needed to travel and be gone for long periods of time.

Kinda like that Appalachian trail hiking fellow. Hmm..and he was re elected!

As for the war on coal...read anything about the damage it does to our environment?....let alone they are blowing the tops off of mountains just to get to it. For me, let the war continue..and grow..our mountains, our air, our planet is worth so much more than any money coal brings in.

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MrPinecone

Jan-02-14 7:00 AM

It's obvious Mr Beale is merely prepping for an even higher appointment in the most corrupt, least transparent administration in my lifetime...maybe when he gets an early release from his country club prison, he'll get the gig running ACA, also known as ObamaCare.

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