Armed and dangerous: EPA spends millions on combat equipment


The Environmental Protection Agency is spending millions of dollars to build its own inventory of military-grade hardware, including advance combat equipment and reconnaissance gear. Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, wants to know why.

Grassley has written a letter to the agency asking for the justification for such heavy militarization.

“As of September 14, 2023, the Biden administration EPA has already spent $2,892,770 on these items, which is 143 percent more than what was spent during the entire Trump administration,” Grassley wrote, in his role as a member of the Senate Budget Committee.

The list of equipment, according to Grassley, includes:

  • From 2008 to 2023, the EPA spent $167,657 on “Night Vision Equipment, Emitted and Reflected Radiation.”
  • From 2007 to 2022, the EPA spent $1,826,070 on “ships, small craft, pontoon, docks.” One of those transaction descriptions included $40,119 for “hovercraft.”
  • From 2007 to 2019, the EPA spent $151,018 on “Radar Equipment, ExceptAirborne” and “Radar Equipment, Airborne.”
  • From 2005 to 2023, the EPA spent $8,193,741 on “motor vehicles, cycles,trailers.” Some of those transaction descriptions include “mobile command vehicle,” “mobile command post,” “segway,” and “all terrain vehicles.” There is also a $61,362 purchase for “unmanned ground vehicle.”
  • In 2013, the EPA spent $33,690 on “unmanned aircraft,”13 as well as $147,300 from 2021 to 2023 for instruments for the unmanned aircraft14 and $97,403 in 2023 for “unmanned aircraft systems flight services.”
  • From 2009 to 2023, the EPA spent $323,576 on “armor, personal.”
  • In 2010 and 2011, the EPA spent $207,442 on “camouflage and deception equipment.” Deceptive equipment can include dummy artillery, aircraft, and vehicles, as well as garnished nets.

Grassley characterized the militarization of the EPA as “frightening” to the Washington Free Beacon, which first obtained the letter.

In 2013, the EPA’s Environmental Crimes Task Force descended on miners in Chicken, Alaska with their loaded weapons and bullet-proof clothing. Then-Gov. Sean Parnell convened a task force to look into the harassment of the miners.

For Grassley, it’s about farmers in the nation’s breadbasket states.

“If the EPA had its way, nearly 97 percent of land in Iowa would be subject to onerous federal red tape. You’d have to get permission from Uncle Sam before moving dirt on your own land under this administration’s WOTUS regulations. Farmers could’ve faced steep fines if water pooled in a ditch after a rainstorm because of the EPA’s far-reaching rules. Thankfully, the Supreme Court saw through this federal overreach and unanimously determined that it violated the Clean Water Act,” Grassley said in May.

During the Obama Administration, the EPA spent nearly $6.6 million on guns, armor, radar equipment, mobile command posts, and various advanced weapons.

Then came the Trump Administration, which spent more than $2 million on these armaments. President Joe Biden has already spent nearly $3 million making the EPA into a weaponized force.

In all since 2003, the EPA has paid $8,193,741 for vehicles, some of which fit the description of mobile command vehicles, mobile command posts, and unmanned ground vehicles. The EPA has also spent money on camouflage and deception equipment and drones.

The EPA has staffed up with about 200 federal law enforcement officers armed with 857 guns and approximately 500,000 rounds of ammunition, Grassley said.

Grassley’s letter is here:


  1. It’s simple. They are gonna enforce the climate change fraud.
    Since we won’t buy the con, the want to force it.

    Instead of disarming the EPA, disband the damn thing.

    Funny how the government is steadily arming itself against the citizens. Wonder what they’re scared of.

  2. A provision of the Affordable Care Act is the formation of an army of “first responders” that report only to the President.

  3. Many agencies are building up their own armed military forces, with unknown levels of training and control. It would seem that agencies should use US Marshals or local police if they think they require armed backup. How can we an expect an armed force hired and trained by activist led agencies to operate within the law?

    • Said agencies already do not operate within the law, and they are being called to task for it by an awakening but slowly acting citizenry (not fast enough I’m afraid). That won’t stand for these agencies; the deep state will hold on to power by any means necessary. Hint: any means is “… out of the barrel of a gun.” – Mao Zedong

  4. Not just the EPA, the IRS too. I’ve noticed the Forest Service has upped their arsenal as well. The new Gestapo and SS.

  5. Aint this grand. Under attack from within. Armed environmental wackos. The US barely contributes to any pollution.

    I can’t think for the life of me why the EPA would need arms. ???

    What they going to shoot someone for spilling some fuel 🤷🏼‍♂️

  6. For caring about the environment they certainly had invested in a lot of pollution emitters. I would think they the EPA would be using Pinwheels, water squirt guns, rock throwing sling shots, wooden armor and wooden clubs.

    Maybe one day the world will run out if the mining and drilling materials that powers all those petroleum and metal machinery from being too green. Heheheheheheh.

  7. According to the EPA themselves United States “Greenhouse gas emissions in 2021 (after accounting for sequestration from the land sector) were 17 percent below 2005 levels.” Apparently banning stoves and furnaces isn’t enough, they need to do it under threat of force at gun point.

  8. There are about “438” US Federal Agencies (and sub-Agencies), as per … ‘
    All of which, I wonder how many have policing and/or military powers?
    Once that is known, we might want to ask “why” this is necessary?
    Given the politicization of these Agencies, we should demand closing-down these entities?
    BUT(!), the reality is that Daddy’s Little Princess would never support this, it just wouldn’t fit her ‘sanity’ requirements. And, I’m not real sure where Sully would stand on this. BUT, it does seem as if the general populace would certainly support a downsizing and means-testing // fit-for-purpose justification.

  9. it is time to eliminate this whole b uracracy. It started out as a good idea and it has become military to protect their own

  10. Our best response? By guns, learn how to use them, and create a strong legal defense team for when the time comes.

    The government is afraid of us. Remind them why they should be.

  11. OK, Murkowski and Sullivan, where are you in this… or should I just assume you either support it or don’t care?
    Thank Jimmy Carter for most of the out-of-control alphabet agencies he created or which he strengthened to become tyrranical.

  12. Surprised the CDC isn’t doing the same. Who’s the enemy you say. Holdouts. You will comply, and you will like it. Free thinking people are not desirable in the new society.

  13. Phoenix-like, the Sturmabteilung arises again, a century later, as Einsatzkommando für Umweltkriminalität, colloquially understated as the Environmental Crimes Task Force?
    Since no other U.S. law enforcement entity seems successful at clearing out illegal-alien squats, cartel meth labs, the odd terrorist training camp, all of which trash the environment, could at least part of the Environmental Crimes Task Force remit be to resolve these problems covertly, by any means necessary?
    Hardware’s not the whole story. Think about everything, besides millions of bucks’ worth of hardware, which has to be in place, operating, and supported for a covert, company-sized paramilitary to be any good at what they do with said hardware.
    Seems reasonable to ask also, why EPA wants in-house sicarios instead of mercenary help. Hell, who knows, maybe they’re one and the same?
    Not sure how useful they’d be against something as small as your shade-tree mechanic, or as big as Exxon-Mobil. So, what else could be in the middle that might require the tender mercies of military-grade armament applied, without the risk of congressional or mainstream media scrutiny?
    Could be a good thing, would be nice to know, one way or the other.

  14. The EPA and other feral agencies are our enemies and are at war with us. Most are too dumb to understand it.

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