Throughout the dark years of the Bush administration's management of the EPA, the agency's Office of Inspector General has been a beacon of light -- pointing out problems with various polluter-friendly Bush initiatives. (See, for example, reports at http://www.epa.gov/oig/reports/2006/20060515-2006-P-00025-glance.pdf
So now the empire is striking back -- with proposals to cut the budget and offers of a "buyout" to hasten the departure of some of those pesky inspectors.
The situation came to light today in a letter to EPA from Rep. John Dingell and several other lawmakers.
"We are concerned that you are taking actions that could be highly detrimental," noted Dingell and the others.
The Bush administration obviously wants to get rid of as many of those pesky inspectors as possible.