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Southeast EPA director, former AEMC commissioner indicted on ethics charges

Trey Glenn, the EPA’s Southeast administrator, and Scott Phillips, a former Alabama Environmental Management commissioner, have been indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury on multiple felony ethics charges.


The grand jury returned indictments against the two on Nov. 9, according to a statement from the Ethics Commission. Phillips was charged on multiple counts of violating the ethics law including using his office for personal gain, soliciting and/or receiving a “thing of value” from a principal, lobbyist or subordinate of a lobbyist and receiving money outside of his official salary.

Glenn was indicted on multiple counts of conspiracy and complicity to violate the ethics laws with Phillips.

Copies of the indictment and further details were not immediately available.

Glenn and Phillips were both witnesses in the trial of Balch and Bingham attorney Joel Gilbert and David Roberson, a Drummond executive, in Birmingham this summer. Roberson was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison and Gilbert was sentenced to five years, both for bribing former Democratic Birmingham State Rep. Oliver Robinson.

Robinson was bribed to work against EPA efforts to clean up a polluted neighborhood in Robinson’s Birmingham district that had been listed as an EPA Superfund site.

Robinson pleaded guilty and was a witness in the trial.

Glenn, who was appointed by President Donald Trump as EPA Region 4 administrator in late 2017, served as the director of Alabama’s Department of Environment Management from 2005-2009 under Gov. Bob Riley’s administration.

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Before that, he was the division director of the Alabama Office of Water Resources from 2001-2005.

As an administrator, Glenn oversees the EPA’s operations in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.

This story is breaking and more will be updated.


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Chip Brownlee is a former political reporter, online content manager and webmaster at the Alabama Political Reporter. He is now a reporter at The Trace, a non-profit newsroom covering guns in America.



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