The charges against Glenn and a former business partner appear to stem from work helping a coal company fight liability in an EPA-mandated cleanup of a polluted site in north Birmingham. Glenn has denied wrongdoing, but he submitted his resignation over the weekend to acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler.
“Stepping down now, I hope removes any distraction from you and all the great people who work at EPA as you carry out the Agency’s mission,” Glenn wrote in his letter, which was reported by AL.com. He added, “I intend to focus on my family, fight these unfounded accusations and ultimately clear my name.”
On Monday, Wheeler’s chief of staff, Ryan Jackson, wrote to Region 4 employees to inform them of the departure of Glenn, who had been appointed in summer 2017 by Administrator Scott Pruitt.
“We thank Trey for his service to EPA over the past 14 months,” Jackson wrote.
He announced that Mary Walker, the region’s deputy administrator, would step into the top role on an acting basis. Walker headed the office’s water protection division and before that worked as an assistant director and chief operating officer for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
The agency’s Southeast region encompasses eight states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.