Last week it came to light that EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz had made a video several years ago detailing how he enforced various environmental statutes in his district. Mr. Armendariz stated that EPA’s practice was to select individuals for particularly harsh treatment, to make examples out of them, so that other members of the regulated community would be cowed into submission. Mr. Armendariz compared his enforcement style to the Roman practice of randomly crucifying members of a newly conquered village. Mr. Armendariz’s “crucifixion” comments caused a media storm, and over the weekend he submitted his resignation to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.
Read more by Damien M. Schiff on the Pacific Legal Foundation blog.