The EPA is that stupid and disingenuous. They are led by marxists and junk-science people who force their often illegal agendas and policies on those below them in the Agency. If there was ever a government agency that needed a top-to-bottom purge, the EPA is it.
There are legitimate reasons to have sane, rational, and practical environmental protection laws, but the EPA is not interested in them. Believe me, I've seen this first hand.