Peter Broccoletti, the acting deputy enforcement counsel of the Environmental Protection Agency and a former official of CREEP (the Committee for the Reelection of the President--Nixon, that is), has taken to handing out CREEP lapel pins at the same time he's established a dress code.

The lapel pins are those tiny American flags Nixon aides were expected to wear. One career bureaucrat claimed that Broccoletti gave the pins only to EPA political appointees, "so they can tell us from them." Not so, declared Broccoletti. He said he found the pins in a trunk and handed them out "as symbols of patriotism" to political and nonpolitical appointees alike.

Broccoletti also sent a memo to enforcement attorneys, expressing concern about "informality in attire" and requesting that all male attorneys wear a jacket and tie. And at a recent enforcement conference, he told attorneys that if they didn't like the way the Reagan administration ran EPA they could "go find a job" somewhere else.

Broccoletti is puzzled by the resulting fuss and feels matters have been blown out of proportion. He also protests that, while his jobs with CREEP and as a "strength-and-weight coach" for the Denver Broncos are often noted, few people remark about his numerous years as an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission, Civil Aeronautics Board and Federal Maritime Commission, or his work in establishing three legal aid clinics.