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E.P.A. Is Said to Be Concentrating on Terror

Criminal investigators at the Environmental Protection Agency are referring fewer cases and working more on counterterrorism efforts and guarding Christie Whitman, the agency’s administrator, according to interviews with senior agents and a report released today by an advocacy group. The interviews and report describe a change in focus for the modestly sized criminal division of the agency, which has typically emphasized paper-intensive investigations of environmental crimes. Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the department, like many other investigative agencies, has shifted toward protective and counterterrorism duties. The criminal division has about 220 investigators, including 150 field agents spread over more than 40 offices. In contrast, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has about 11,000 agents, and the Bureau of Customs and Border Patrol has about 3,000. Full Story

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