Riley's harassers need to be shown the door
Unfortunately, I really am not surprised by the experiences of Mr. Riley, Mr. Truzzolino and the others with this bureaucratic fiefdom within the Federal Agency. In my professional state regulatory career, I have seen Federal employees attempt similar intimidations against me and my colleagues as well as the public. Some unfortunately have a Napoleon complex where they believe that their station makes them superior to all under their jurisdiction. There is also a sincere belief that NO ONE can be perfect and if there are no infractions found that the inspectors must not be doing their jobs. They have to be missing something because there HAS to be something there.
I applaud Mr. Riley for his meticulous record keeping and his persistence to defend his professional livelihood. He is also to be commended for keeping things above board and not playing into potential traps that the regulators might present. I only hope that members of the new federal administration can be of assistance to Mr. Riley and the others. Small business are touted as a significant part of the economy. I hope it is so. The admitted harassment needs to cease and the harassers need to be shown the door.
-- Thomas E. Maunder, P.E., Katy, Texas, Butte Central class of 1973,