Furloughed EPA employees ‘useful’ to public for a change — ‘Pruning trees, cutting grass and picking up litter’

TakePart.com reports:

In the five days (and counting) since the first shutdown of the U.S. federal government since 1995, some furloughed employees of the Environmental Protection Agency have taken it upon themselves to do what they do best—clean up the environment.

In Durham, North Carolina, more than 30 EPA employees quickly organized a listserv last week, asking the county where they could help. In the days since, they’ve cleaned up a park, rebuilt a pier on a lake, pruned trees, cut grass and picked up litter. “My coworkers are community-minded and want to be useful,” says EPA employee Kathy Kaufman.

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