Industry Insider Call the Shots at the new E.P.A.
Posted: 22 October 2017 05:59 AM   [ Ignore ]
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While stupid idiots continue repeating dead climate science denial memes, the beat goes and guess who the real villains are.

Why Has the E.P.A. Shifted on Toxic Chemicals?
An Industry Insider Helps Call the Shots - A scientist who worked for the chemical industry now shapes policy on hazardous chemicals.
Within the E.P.A., there is fear that public health is at risk.


By ERIC LIPTON, OCT. 21, 2017
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/21/us/trump-epa-chemicals-regulations.html

WASHINGTON — For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has struggled to prevent an ingredient once used in stain-resistant carpets and
nonstick pans from contaminating drinking water.

The chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, has been linked to kidney cancer, birth defects, immune system disorders and other serious health problems.

So scientists and administrators in the E.P.A.’s Office of Water were alarmed in late May when a top Trump administration appointee insisted upon the rewriting
of a rule to make it harder to track the health consequences of the chemical, and therefore regulate it.
And the beat goes on,

The revision was among more than a dozen demanded by the appointee, Nancy B. Beck, after she joined the E.P.A.’s toxic chemical unit in
May as a top deputy. For the previous five years, she had been an executive at the American Chemistry Council, the chemical industry’s main trade association. ...

But wait there’s oh so much more,

New York Times
The E.P.A.’s Top 10 Toxic Threats, and Industry’s Pushback
OCT. 21, 2017

Chemical Industry Ally Faces Critics in Bid for Top E.P.A. Post
SEPT. 19, 2017

E.P.A. Chief, Rejecting Agency’s Science, Chooses Not to Ban Insecticide
MARCH 29, 2017

E.P.A. Promised ‘a New Day’ for the Agriculture Industry, Documents Reveal
AUG. 18, 2017

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Posted: 22 October 2017 11:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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One of the big failings of modern capitalism is the inability to evaluate real costs of some projects, especially concerning pollution. If (for example) Tyson Foods would have to pay for all the loss of fishing in the Gulf and other side-effects of all the fertilizer runoff they dump in the Mississippi River, we’d be living in a better world. But, no one has figured out how to measure stuff like that, and no one wants to admit defeat in that attempt and resort to the second-best solution: regulation, despite the consequences for everyone except those profiting from not paying for the pollution.

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Posted: 22 October 2017 12:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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TromboneAndrew - 22 October 2017 11:37 AM

One of the big failings of modern capitalism is the inability to evaluate real costs of some projects, especially concerning pollution. If (for example) Tyson Foods would have to pay for all the loss of fishing in the Gulf and other side-effects of all the fertilizer runoff they dump in the Mississippi River, we’d be living in a better world. But, no one has figured out how to measure stuff like that, and no one wants to admit defeat in that attempt and resort to the second-best solution: regulation, despite the consequences for everyone except those profiting from not paying for the pollution.


That’s an exact expression of right wing “standards”. Trump standards. Expect more.

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