EPA urged to recover $9M from Eugene nonprofit

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EUGENE — Federal auditors are recommending that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recover $9 million in stimulus grant money that went to a Eugene nonprofit to upgrade trucks with clean diesel technology.

The Oregonian reports that the Office of the Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency found problems with Cascade Sierra Solutions’ accounting and promptly urged the EPA to consider suspending or barring the organization from all current and future grant awards.

Its report says Cascade Sierra Solutions’ accounting “did not support that funds drawn are reasonable, allocable, and allowable.”

The EPA issued a statement Monday saying it is aware of the serious concerns raised in the inspector general’s report and is working with Cascade Sierra and others to rectify the problems.

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