Comments on: Thank you, EPA: U.S. solar companies http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/12/08/thank-you-epa-u-s-solar-companies/ Global environmental challenges Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:14:55 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: eddieblack http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/12/08/thank-you-epa-u-s-solar-companies/comment-page-1/#comment-343616 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 20:24:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=14979#comment-343616 Correction,typo:”We are right now back where we started because of the present and past President’s unwillingness to enforce the Clean Water Acts.”

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By: eddieblack http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/12/08/thank-you-epa-u-s-solar-companies/comment-page-1/#comment-343606 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 15:21:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=14979#comment-343606 While the EPA takes unprecedented action to give the impression more robust action will be taken by agency regarding climate change, few of us should be fooled.
The Times reported that levels of arsenic and other carcinogenic chemicals are present in U.S. public drinking water that serves millions of Americans. It has been estimated by the CDC millions of Americans get sick every year from water contamination. The EPA has pursued enforcement in less than 8% of the founded cases. One EPA investigator who asked to remain anonymous, stated that supervisors and higher-ups are only interested in environmental violations that incur substantial fines. As Municipalities provide the tainted drinking water, the order of the day is compliance and not large fines. It appears as if some in charge at the EPA see their role as revenue collectors for the government.

It has been argued by health experts and scientists for over three decades that contaminated drinking water is causing our cancer rates to climb. The cost has to be staggering both financially and in terms of human suffering. 100 years ago Teddy Roosevelt campaigned and won the Presidency by promising to establish clean water laws. He made good on his promise. We are now right back where we started because of past and previous President’s unwillingness to enforce the the Clean Water Acts. Should we expect any better enforcement when subsequent fossil fuel restrictions are passed into law?

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