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EPA regional chief resigns over 'crucify' comment

By Michael Tremoglie | Apr 30, 2012


DALLAS (Legal Newsline) - Al Armendariz, the Environmental Protection Agency's Region 6 administrator, resigned Sunday after remarks he made in 2010 became public.

Armendariz said then that his philosophy of the EPA's enforcement mission is to use a strategy analogous to the Roman Empire's punishment of crucifixion.

He told an audience at a meeting, "It was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer villages in the Mediterranean. They'd go in to a little Turkish town somewhere, they'd find the first five guys they saw, and they'd crucify them. And then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years."

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