Trump EPA Appointee Has Been Criminally Indicted For Ethics Violation

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Trey Glenn, the EPA's Southeast regional administrator, was indicted for violating Alabama state ethics laws.

The Southeast regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency was indicted Tuesday in Alabama on charges related to his job prior to joining the Trump administration, according to AL.com.

Trey Glenn, along with former Alabama Environmental Management Commissioner Scott Phillips, was indicted for violating state ethics laws.

> Charges include multiple violations of Alabama’s Ethics Act, including soliciting a thing of value from a principal, lobbyist or subordinate, and receiving money in addition that received in one’s official capacity, according to the Alabama Ethics Commission.

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> Before being appointed by President Donald Trump to serve as the Region 4 administrator of the EPA, Trey Glenn worked closely with the Birmingham-based law firm Balch & Bingham and one of its clients, Drummond Co., to fight EPA efforts to test and clean up neighborhoods in north Birmingham and Tarrant.

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> Likewise, former Alabama Environmental Management Commissioner Scott Phillips worked with Balch to oppose the EPA. Phillips and Glenn worked together in a company they co-owned, Southeast Engineering & Consulting, at the same time Phillips served on the commission.

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> Under Alabama ethics law, it is illegal for a lobbyist or a lobbyist’s client, called a principal, to give a public official a thing of value, including a job.

Earlier this year, a federal jury convicted Balch partner Joel Gilbert and Drummond vice president David Roberson for bribing Alabama state lawmaker Oliver Robinson as part of their effort to fight the EPA’s cleanup of Tarrant and north Birmingham.

Both Glenn and Phillips were called as witnesses during that trial, as they worked closely with Balch in attempting to hinder the cleanup process.

AL.com noted that this indictment is not Glenn’s first run-in with the Alabama Ethics Commission:

> In 2007, the Alabama Ethics Commission referred a complaint against Glenn, who then served as director of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office for prosecution.

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> However, in 2008, a Montgomery County grand jury declined to indict Glenn on those charges.

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