EPA, Armendariz Blasted at House Hearing

At a U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing Wednesday, Congressional Republicans heaped criticism on Al Armendariz, who resigned this spring as head of the Environmental Protection Agency's south-central regional office after controversial comments surfaced about his regulation philosophy.

"He had a preconceived mind-set [and] viewed himself more as an executioner than as a fair umpire," said U.S Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, at the hearing, which is still ongoing.

Armendariz, who has apologized for his comments from 2010 comparing enforcement efforts against oil and gas violators to "crucifixion," had been scheduled to testify but canceled at the ...

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