EPA to blow $1.6 million on fancy hotel for “environmental justice” conference?

Posted by: Phineas on June 28, 2014 at 2:39 pm

**Posted by Phineas

EPA conference planner

EPA conference planner

Well, if you’re going to host a conference for nearly a month, you can’t expect people to stay at a Super 8. That would be cruel. A Holiday Inn? No, one can only eat so many free continental breakfasts. Nope, the only thing that will do for people fighting for “environmental justice” (and getting a taxpayer funded month-long vacation) is one of the best hotels in D.C.:

The agency posted its intention to contract with the Renaissance Arlington Local Capital View Hotel for its upcoming public meeting, for which it will need to book 195 rooms for 24 days.

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Office of Enforcement and Compliance, Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) intends to award a fixed-price Purchase Order … to the Renaissance Arlington Local Capital View Hotel,” the solicitation said. “The purpose of this acquisition is to cover the cost of 195 sleeping room nights from Sept. 9 [to] Oct 2, 2014, at government rate for the 50th public meeting of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), a federal advisory committee of the EPA.”

Rooms at the Renaissance Arlington run for roughly $349 a night. At 24 nights, the cost of 195 rooms will reach $1,633,320, or $8,376 per room.

The government per diem rate for lodging is $219 for September. If the EPA receives the per diem rate, the cost will come to $1,024,920 for the duration of their stay.

What’s a million-and-a-half among friends, eh? Maybe they’ll make Star Trek videos, too!

PS: As one wit on Twitter said, referring back to this story:

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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4 Responses to “EPA to blow $1.6 million on fancy hotel for “environmental justice” conference?”


  1. Carlos says:

    Couple of comments: 1) It’s no wonder nearly 9 out of ten CITIZENS hate the government, and 2) it’s no wonder the primary source of labor for the feds is the welfare rolls – the welfarers can’t see a whole bunch of difference in their lifestyles before and after employment, but the perks are something not even dreamed of in the private sector (probably because in the private sector a business has to show a profit, but government [all levels] knows the well is bottomless).

  2. Boris_Badenoff (@Boris_Badenoff) says:

    This is why Harry Reid refuses to bring anything to a vote in the Senate this year, or even allow preliminary work on a budget. He knows that appropriations cutting IRS, VA, & EPA bonuses and conference/travel budgets would be too popular for his vulnerable caucus to go on record opposing, and Republicans can therefore either pass a CR or be faced with shutting down the 17% of the government that relies upon discretionary appropriations. Shutdowns have always been unpopular with the public, and the GOP always gets the blame.

    If we can retake the Senate and present Obama with a budget, as his own popularity dwindles to nothing, perhaps he can be stuck with the blame of vetoes. But there won’t be any real solution until he is gone and replaced by a Republican President.

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    It is a lead pipe cinch these government minions are going to this “conference” to “party hardy”. The hotel will be a scene of delirium and pandemonium complete with hot and cold running women with each participant hoping they are not taking something home with them.

    This also proves what should be well-known: government cannot create wealth but only destroy it.