Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

“T” administration proposes repealing rule giving the EPA broad authority over water pollution.  Put in place by the Obama administration in 2015, the “Waters of the U.S. Rule” was created to define which waterways, including streams, rivers and other bodies can be regulated by the federal government in order to prevent pollution.  The current administration believes the Rule gives regulators too much authority.

EPA plans to shed more than 1200 employees by September as part of a push to shrink the agency, which “T” promised to eliminate “in almost every form”.

EPA is moving the reverse the previous administrations plan to ban Chlorpyrifos, a widely used pesticide which numerous studies have found to cause brain damage in developing fetuses as well as a host of other detrimental health issues for children and pregnant women.  On Tuesday, the American Academy of Pediatrics urged the EPA to take the product off the market, stating that “the risk to infant and children’s health is unambiguous”.  This poison is manufactured by Dow Chemical, who wrote a $1 million check to help underwrite Mr. “T’s” inaugural festivities.

We would all do well to watch developments at the “new” EPA carefully.  The health of our planet and all the lifeforms which reside here may hang in the balance.  In the meantime, we dedicate this quote from a Native American proverb to our friends at the EPA:  “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”.  Think about it.

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