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same agency that poisoned the children of Flint and is building its own private paramilitary force

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Billions of dollars found in EPA’s ‘slush fund’ bank accounts… same agency that poisoned the children of Flint and is building its own private paramilitary force

Posted 05/13/2016 2:27 pm by PatriotRising with 0 comments

The shameful federal agency that was responsible, in large part, for poisoning scores of mostly African-American children with lead in Flint, Mich., as well as one of the worst river contaminations in Colorado history, has a secret slush fund it uses to fund shadowy operations that are beyond oversight.
As reported by The Daily Caller, the Environmental Protection Agency fund, which amounts to some $6.3 billion, comes from some 1,300 obscure spending accounts that are essentially out of reach of Congress, public watchdogs and the media.
The accounts, created via EPA’s “Superfund” program, are not technically secret because the agency does acknowledge their existence. However, trying to get specific details about deposits into the accounts, as well as expenditures, has proven difficult at best.
The DC reported that the EPA has deposited more than $6.3 billion into an estimated 1,308 special accounts over the course of 25 years, from 1990–2015, according to the agency’s website, having spent more than half of that amount. The agency has not disclosed specifics of what it spent the money on, or released any public information regarding account balances or expenses.

No congressional oversight


Some of these expenses, as we have reported in the past, are most likely being used to fund EPA paramilitary teams like the one sent to terrorize the small Alaska community of Chicken in the fall of 2013, for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act.
The Alaska Dispatch News questioned the need for the raid, as well as the tactics used by heavily armed EPA agents:
“Did it really take eight armed men and a squad-size display of paramilitary force to check for dirty water? Some of the miners, who run small businesses, say they felt intimidated. Others wonder if the actions of the agents put everyone at risk. When your family business involves collecting gold far from nowhere, unusual behavior can be taken as a sign someone might be trying to stage a robbery. How is a remote placer miner to know the people in the jackets saying POLICE really are police?”
As further noted by The DC, the EPA’s “special accounts” are generally financed by settlements between the agency and parties held responsible for pollution at Superfund sites. Congress does not get a say on how funds are spent once they are deposited.
“This is the very definition of an out-of-control agency, if they can raise their own money and not have to go to Congress to have it appropriated,” Myron Ebell, director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Energy and Environment told The Daily Caller.
However, an EPA spokeswoman told the news service that her agency managed the accounts “in accordance with the law, congressional intent, and EPA policy and guidance.”
The spokeswoman continued, “In fact, EPA management of Superfund special accounts has been reviewed periodically. EPA has responded to [Government Accountability Office], [inspector general (IG)], congressional, public and press inquiries regarding special accounts.”

Little-noticed policy change


However, none of those reviews have occurred recently, meaning they are not done regularly, either.
The EPA’s IG wrote in 2009 that the, “EPA lacks transparency in its public reporting of special accounts. Such transparency is needed to understand how special account funds are being utilized.”
Two years before that assessment, the Center for Public Integrity reported that theEPA had been diverting funds from those accounts, noting that “there are hundreds of these accounts, and the EPA doesn’t need congressional approval to spend the money in them, unlike the Superfund trust fund.”



Armed abc agencies... the new normal. 

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