Presidentially Appointed Environmental Agency Saboteurs

36 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2019

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Madeline June Kass

Thomas Jefferson School of Law; Seattle University School of Law

Date Written: March 2019


This essay explores situations where the president appoints an administrator to lead the EPA whose political philosophy and personal ideology diverge radically from, and are inimical to, the EPA's core mission and mandates. For purposes of this essay, such administrators are referred to as "environmental agency saboteurs."

The essay offers several explanations for presidential appointment of environmental agency saboteurs, along with examples of past and present EPA saboteurs; considers a number of legal and political options available for challenging environmental agency saboteurs and whether such countervailing forces are adequate; and raises for future contemplation several options for resisting environmental agency saboteurs.

Keywords: EPA, politicization, EPA mandates, Environmental Agency Saboteurs, impeachment, congressional oversight, agencies,

Suggested Citation

Kass, Madeline June, Presidentially Appointed Environmental Agency Saboteurs (March 2019). University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review, Vol. 87, No. 3, 2019. Available at SSRN:

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