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Publication date: Sep. 23, 2004

EPA REGION V STAFF ORDER: DON'T TALK TO MEDIA

An order from the acting administrator of EPA's regional office in Chicago instructed employees there not to answer questions from reporters, but to refer them to the regional press office. The undated memo signed by acting RA Bharat Mathur and acknowledged as authentic by the Region V press office, also cautioned staff not to provide documents or written information to the press but instead to forward requests to the press office, which might require FOIA requests to be filed. Similar directives have been reported in Region VIII (Rocky Mountains).


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