I'm certain it's the agency chief that's 'behind' all this...and it's solely to make him/her look good in the eyes of the public.
My logic: Immediately after the piece o' shit is properly disposed, he/she calls a formal press conference to announce that the agency has improved overall cleanliness by one turd.
Next day's headline:
EPA BOASTS 33% IMPROVEMENT
IN PUBLIC HEALTH, SANITATION