Rumors of massive EPA hirings are ‘comically wrong’

Rumors have been circulating this week that the Environmental Protection Agency plans to hire 230,000 employees to monitor new air standards at a cost of $21 billion to taxpayers.

The only problem is those rumors aren’t true at all – or at least that’s what the EPA told POLITICO.

The Daily Caller reported online yesterday that the EPA is “asking for taxpayers to shoulder the burden of up to 230,000 new bureaucrats – at a cost of $21 billion.” The report basis most of its information off of a September 16 court briefing, and it does not quote any specific source.

In that briefing, the EPA said “hiring the 230,000 full-time employees necessary to produce the 1.4 billion work hours required to address the actual increase in permitting function would result in an increase in Title V administration costs of $21 billion per year.”

So POLITICO called the EPA to find out what was going on. Here is what the agency said:

“Much of what is said or written about EPA these days is entirely inaccurate — but The Daily Caller’s report is comically wrong,” EPA spokesman Brendan Gilfillan told POLITICO. “At least one job clearly needs to be created: They’re clearly in the market for a fact-checker.”

The 230,000 full-time employees comment was made under a section about the Tailoring Rule, which says the rule should be phased in so the system won’t be taxed. As a result of the Tailoring Rule, the EPA won’t need 230,000 employees, and the agency won’t need a 10 years to approve a Title V permit.