BURN­ING IS­SUES

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“The Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency’s prac­tice of shred­ding and burn­ing clas­si­fied pa­pers — of­ten re­ferred to in Hol­ly­wood as ‘burn af­ter read­ing’ — is one of sev­eral ways the agency con­serves en­ergy, re­duces its im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment, and low­ers costs through its sus­tain­abil­ity ef­forts,” the CIA tells In­side the Belt­way.

“Ex­haust from the agency’s on-site in­cin­er­a­tor gen­er­ates steam to heat wa­ter at CIA head­quar­ters. In ad­di­tion to sav­ing fuel, that process re­duces the amount of waste, which would other­wise be des­tined for land­fills by nearly 1,000 tons per year.” Who knew? “This is a moral re­spon­si­bil­ity,” says out­go­ing CIA di­rec­tor Leon E. Panetta.

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