Thursday, April 12, 2012

Things I google at work

For those that think EPA is all about job-killing, here’s an example of some things I googled this week. 

  • Arsenic speciation in groundwater and soil
  • 1,2-Dibromo-3-Chloropropane
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Chromium trivalent hexavalent
  • Trichloroethylene volatilization fractured bedrock
  • Mutagenic mode of action
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons odor threshold
  • Puerto Rico septic system chloroform
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls uptake and bioconcentration in bivalves
  • Caught fish consumption Hudson River 

Now, next time someone rants at you about how EPA is killing jobs and should be shut down, rattle off this list. America needs EPA, I assure you.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 Thursday, January 12, 2012 Friday, December 16, 2011
EPA’s proposed clean-air rules will have a modest impact on plant retirements. Regulations are not the death knell you would have everyone believe, but provide a clear path for responsible coal generation. Action is long overdue.

Ralph Izzo, chairman of PSEG, regarding EPA’s new power plant emissions rules, set to be approved today. 

Well said, sir. It’s nice to have industry on our side for once.

(Source: Los Angeles Times)

Friday, July 29, 2011 Sunday, July 10, 2011
And the third challenge is that the White House — any White House — doesn’t want to hear an awful lot from the E.P.A. It’s not an agency that ever makes friends for a president. NYTimes article about EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, and how she doesn’t take sh!t from anybody!

(Source: The New York Times)

Friday, July 1, 2011 Friday, April 15, 2011 Saturday, February 26, 2011
Not only do Americans oppose Congress blocking the EPA, more than two thirds of Americans (68 percent) – including 54 percent of Republicans and 59 percent of Independents — said the EPA should move ahead to “reduce carbon pollution without delay.” Climate Progress article.  
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Wednesday’s decision to regulate perchlorate reversed a 2008 finding by the Bush administration that a nationwide standard for the chemical was unnecessary and would do little to reduce risks to human health. Zing!  Perchlorate affects thyroid hormone levels and neurodevelopment in fetuses and young children.  It’s used in rocket and explosives development and has been found in water supplies across the country.  More here at EWG and NYTimes.