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Critics Decry 'Propaganda' Posters in EPA Offices

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The Environmental Protection Agency wants its employees to know it is proud of all they accomplished in 2017, even if that amounted to undoing the work they did in 2016.

In an array of posters displayed at EPA offices across the country, the agency is applauding “a year of great environmental achievements for America.” The posters include among notable accomplishments the preliminary repeal of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan and walking back the Waters of the United States rulemaking. In a display listing its “New Environmental Achievements,” EPA notes it provided “confidence for American families” and “certainty for American businesses.”   

The agency also boasted that its Superfund taskforce is “encouraging private investment” while expediting cleanup and land reuse.

The displays include a photograph of President Trump’s swearing-in ceremony, photos of Trump with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and photos of Pruitt surrounded by agency staff. They were first reported by Eric Lipton of The New York Times.

John O'Grady, president of the American Federation of Government Employees council that represents 9,000 EPA employees, called the posters "propaganda." 

Eric Katz writes about federal agency operations and management. His deep coverage of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Postal Service has earned him frequent guest spots on national radio and television news programs. Eric joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 and previously worked for The Financial Times. He is a graduate of The George Washington University.

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