EPA Slammed By Lab Managers Fired After Criminal Raid

By Rebecca McCray (March 10, 2015, 1:26 PM EDT) -- The owners of chemical and environmental analysis company Energy Laboratories Inc. told a Wyoming federal court on Monday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency caused approximately $40 million in damages by conducting an unwarranted and armed raid of its premises in search of evidence of falsified water records.

Roger and Sheryl Garling, owners and managers of ELI, allege that the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division conducted a "malicious" investigation and raid of its testing facility in Oct. 2007, based on unfounded allegations submitted to the EPA by a former employee saying that ELI had falsified water quality records.

In Feb. 2008, the...

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