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Jun 26, 2014 6:41 AM by Chelsea DeCesare

EPA appeals to Denver workers not to defecate in hallway

DENVER - Forget toxic waste dumps, the Environmental Protection Agency apparently has a more immediate cleanup problem in its own backyard: An employee defecating in the hallway.

GovernmentExecutive.com, the government's business news daily and key website for federal managers and executives, reported Wednesday that EPA management in Denver sent an e-mail earlier this month to staff pleading to stop inappropriate bathroom behavior, including defecating in the hallway.

In the e-mail, obtained by Government Executive, Deputy Regional Administrator Howard Cantor noted "several incidents" in the building, including clogging the toilets with paper towels and "an individual placing feces in the hallway" outside the restroom.

"Management is taking this situation very seriously and will take whatever actions are necessary to identify and prosecute these individuals," Cantor wrote.

According to the e-mail, a consultant was brought in to address the problems.

That email says "the consultant advised us that this is very dangerous behavior as it includes property destruction and a disregard for the health and safety of others."

The email goes on to say behavior that includes the destruction of property and disregard for human health is classified as attack-related behavior.

EPA spokesman Richard Mylott told Government Executive in a statement that the agency could not comment on "ongoing personnel matters."

(Photo: KUSA)

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