Verdict Against DEP Employees’ Actions Stirs Fears

March 10, 2010 – In The News
Philadelphia Inquirer

Four Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection employees were found liable for 6.5 million in damages after their enforcement actions were accused as being unfair. The court found that the employees' intensive crackdown on MFS Inc., of Bethlehem, Pa, which is now defunct, was in retaliation to MFS' complaint about them to state lawmakers. MFS alleged the DEP acted beyond its scope of enforcement.

"I see this as a problem on the enforcement side," said Joel Bolstein, deputy secretary of the DEP from 1995 to 1998. "Up until now, state workers in this agency never imagined that they could be subject to a discrimination claim and personal liability for making a decision on a permit."