Black, foul-smelling sludge has reportedly been seeping out of the Environmental Protection Agency’s water fountains this week.
Dan Becker of Safe Climate Campaign said government employees told him that poop was exploding out of the water fountains at their office. While he couldn’t personally confirm that the liquid was, in fact, poop, he told VICE News: “We know what runs through pipes, don’t we!”
On Wednesday morning, an email was sent to staff at EPA’s Washington headquarters advising them that there were plumbing issues in the North building and employees said there was a terrible odor throughout the office, E&E News reported on Thursday. The EPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A photo leaked of the apparent leak on Friday.
The water fountain in question is outside the office of Samantha Dravis, the associate administrator for policy at the EPA, according to EPA staffers who spoke to Becker. She came to the agency after serving top roles in the Republican Attorneys General Association and without any prior environmental policy experience.
Since taking office in 2017, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has rolled back over 50 environmental regulations. And he’s been hard at work stumping for the repeal of another: the Obama administration’s Clean Water Rule. The regulation looks to protect 2 million miles of streams and 20 million miles of wetland that provide clean drinking water to one in three people in the U.S.