Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian

Government Agency Tweets About Kim Kardashian's Hollywood Game

By DINA CAPPIELLO

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution got a splash of pop culture Tuesday, thanks to an Internet flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

The verified Twitter account for the EPA's Office of Water mistakenly published a message Monday night about an online game, "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood," in which players walk red carpets, attend photo shoots and get dolled up like a Kardashian. An agency spokeswoman said the off-topic tweet was done by an intern.

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PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 09: Kim Kardashian and Anna Dello Russo attend at Valentino show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 at Hotel Salomon de Rothschild on July 9, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michel Dufour/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 09: Kim Kardashian attends the Vogue Foundation Gala as part of Paris Fashion Week at Palais Galliera on July 9, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Richard Bord/WireImage)
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The government's tweet was removed within hours from the @EPAwater account, but not before a tweet from the account of Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., the 88-year-old co-author of the Clean Water Act, poked fun by asking what a Kardashian is.

Dingell's account on Tuesday tweeted: "Staff has now informed me of what a Kardashian is. I'm only left with more questions."

The brief intersection between a celebrity and the federal agency in charge of tackling pollution gave an obscure EPA office a surge in popularity. Kardashian's lavish wedding to Kanye West made international headlines, and her show "Keeping up with the Kardashians" has been popular on the E! network for nine seasons.

The agency took the mistake in jest. On Tuesday, the EPA account thanked Kardashian for its 15 minutes of fame.

"Whoops . our bad. Sorry about tweet," the message read. "Upside - more attention for the Office of Water (water.epa.gov), thanks @KimKardashian."

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