By the time the mix lands in treatment plants, it can teem with pharmaceuticals, hormones, pathogens, bacteria, viruses, protozoa and parasitic worms, as well as heavy metals like lead, cadmium, arsenic or mercury. It often includes PCBs, PFAS, dioxins, BPAs and dozens of other harmful substances ranging from flame retardants to hospital waste. And then it goes right on to the fields that grow your food.
The move by the EPA defies a court order that required the agency to establish a safe drinking-water standard for the chemical by the end of June. Instead of regulating the toxic chemical, the EPA overturned the underlying scientific finding that declared perchlorate a serious health risk for five million to 16 million people in the United States.
Reserve, Louisiana is home to the census tract in America with the highest risk of cancer due to airborne toxicity, according to government science. That risk, 50 times the national average, is almost entirely due to a plant, the Ponchartrain Works facility, operated by the Japanese manufacturer Denka.
Trump’s action will result in the release of more soot and smog-forming chemicals that will kill up to 1,400 Americans a year by 2030, EPA documents show. It will also cause an extra 40,000 cases of worsening asthma and 60,000 lost school days by 2030.
When the reporter asked to speak to an EPA public affairs representative, the security guards grabbed the reporter by the shoulders and shoved her forcibly out of the EPA building.
There is no coherent rationale for Trump’s deregulatory agenda. It is simply not supported by the administration’s own analysis.
Instead of “draining the swamp,” President Trump put some of the least qualified people into positions of power throughout his government. One shining example of incompetent leadership is Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The Trump administration is attempting to speed up or even sweep away various environmental reviews in its plan to fix America’s crumbling infrastructure.
Environmentalists have warned that Trump’s agenda will place extra pressure on endangered species and risk exacerbating hazards, such as flooding, by failing to factor climate change.
The administration has been tragically effective at dismantling environmental and health regulations — so that Trump’s most enduring legacy may be cancer, infertility and diminished I.Q.s for decades to come.
Senator James Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma, claimed that the Environmental Protection Agency is releasing “propaganda” that is “brainwashing our kids,” during a CNN interview on Thursday.
“We want to deliver the services. We ought to make things clean,” Inhofe said. “But we ought to take all this stuff that comes out of the EPA that’s brainwashing our kids, that is propaganda, things that aren’t true, allegations.”