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Investigation: EPA Scope Grows, Budget Increases By $100 Billion

By Adam Andrzejewski

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Investigation by Adam Andrzejewski originally published by and

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a straightforward mission “to protect human health and the environment – today and every day.” Yet its scope — and budget — keep increasing, costing taxpayers tens of billions of dollars.

A new oversight report from OpenTheBooks found that the agency has strayed from its founding in 1970, when it focused on matters like regulating toxic chemicals, environmental contaminants in air or water, what constitutes an environmental hazard, and what tools a government agency can use to enforce its undergirding principles.

“With over 15,000 staffers as of fiscal year 2022, the agency has law enforcement, homeland security, and legal teams working to enforce and develop environmental policies,” the report states. “In the past two years alone, Congress has appropriated the agency over $100 billion, much of it intended to bolster the agency’s decades-long vision of bringing about ‘environmental justice’.”

Last year, the average salary was $124,252, with the pay for all 15,043 employees totaling $1.9 billion. The EPA’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2024 asks for over 17,000 full-time equivalent staff.

The EPA now does so much more than protect water sources and clean up toxic waste sites. It has a law enforcement arm responsible for bringing environmental criminals to justice, and employs 137 special agents who have firearms and can arrest people.

Between 2018 and 2022, the EPA spent $618,602 on guns, ammunition, and military style equipment, including body armor, optical sights, night vision equipment, security vehicles, and tactical sets, kits, and outfits.

The 1,000-plus attorneys on its legal team make it large enough to rank as one of the largest law firms in the country.

The EPA’s own inspector general said in a Congressional hearing that the agency had so much new funding that it could not be properly audited. Taxpayers should be concerned both with the size and scope of a federal agency and with its spending habits.

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This article was originally published by RealClearInvestigations and made available via RealClearWire.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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