When Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson testified at a House hearing Tuesday, Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, took her to task for her agency’s use of the word “polluter” in describing companies that have been subject to EPA enforcement actions but, in some cases, haven’t acknowledged wrongdoing. He pointed to a 2010 press release in which the EPA touted $3 billion in “investments in pollution control and cleanup as a result of legal actions taken against polluters.” Pompeo asked Jackson: “Is that the kind of press release you think is appropriate, sort of bragging about how much money you have taken out of the United States economy?” In response, she said: “We think it is important that the American people know that there’s an environmental cop on the beat. It deters people from violating, and that is an important part of an enforcement program.”
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