After two years of refusing repeated requests for its release, the Environmental Protection Agency freed up some information on a preliminary report on alleged criminal actions involving government contractors cleaning up asbestos in Libby, Mont.
Last week, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed suit in federal court requesting the release of the report under the Freedom of Information Act and President Obama’s promise of less secrecy.
What was released yesterday was a memo from Cory Rumple, a special agent in EPA’s Office of Inspector General to Bill Roderick, the agency’s acting IG.
In 2006, Rumple did a preliminary investigation in Libby because of concerns raised by some townsfolk that alleged that EPA failed to fully address scientific standards for cleanup and of possible contractor misconduct.
The agent’s work led a 21-month-long criminal investigation of the situation that concluded with a refusal to pursue criminal case by the Public Integrity Section, Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Here is a link to the IG memo.