A climate guard at Boise’s State Water Department is on leave, and the Idaho Environmental Protection Agency says it is suspending enforcement actions against the contractor.
The EPA said in a statement Wednesday that “the contractor has been suspended indefinitely without pay pending an investigation into violations of the Clean Air Act.”
The Idaho EPA has issued a memo to all public-sector agencies that “The Idaho Agency is currently investigating a possible violation of the Act by a contractor that was employed by the State Water System in Idaho.”
“The Idaho Environmental Protectors is a voluntary, nonprofit, nonprofit organization that provides support for Idaho residents and businesses,” the memo reads.
“The agency has conducted an investigation to determine if the contractor violated the Act, and is continuing to work with the contractor to determine the next steps.”
The Idaho Department of Environment and Natural Resources is the agency that oversees the State water system and is responsible for enforcing the Clean Water Act.
In a statement, the agency said in part that “a contractor, who was employed for a number of years, has been terminated for violating the Act.
The contractor has not provided any evidence to substantiate the allegations.
The Idaho Department has suspended enforcement actions.
Idaho Department staff is now conducting an investigation and will make any findings as needed.”
A spokesperson for the Idaho EPA said the agency is still in the process of determining if the state is in violation of its Clean Air Acts.
In an interview Wednesday, Mike Kline, the EPA’s acting administrator, told ABC News that the state “will be issuing a letter to the contractor shortly that will say that it has been given notice of this suspension and that they’re working on a plan to come back.”