The email that was obtained by GE was allegedly sent to employees at an EPA office in Denver. In the note, Deputy Regional Administrator Howard Cantor mentioned that the EPA had "consulted" with a workplace violence expert because of "several incidents" in the building.
Those incidents included bathroom bandits using paper towels to clog toilets and "an individual placing feces in the hallway" outside the restroom.
"National expert" John Nicoletti advised the EPA that poop in the hallway at work was a "health and safety risk." (Not sure why an expert would be needed to dispense that revelation.)
Nicoletti characterized the behavior as "very dangerous" and cautioned that the public pooper(s) would "probably escalate" their actions. "Management is taking this situation very seriously and will take whatever actions are necessary to identify and prosecute these individuals," Cantor wrote in the email.
EPA spokesman Richard Mylott released the following statement about the issue:
"EPA cannot comment on ongoing personnel matters. EPA's actions in response to recent workplace issues have been deliberate and have focused on ensuring a safe work environment for our employees. Our brief consultation with Dr. Nicoletti on this matter, a resource who regularly provides our office with training and expertise on workplace issues, reflects our commitment to securing a safe workplace."