Do we need the EPA?
February 10, 2017
Rep. Gaetz of Florida has introduced a bill in Congress to “terminate” the Environmental Protection Agency. How good an idea is that?
Well, what does the EPA actually do? Have they been worthwhile?
To answer that question, consider how many of the following health and environmental actions taken by the EPA you think were a good idea:
____ ____ Enforce the Clean Air Act
____ ____ Place restrictions on lead- based paint
____ ____ Set national standards on six common air pollutants
____ ____ Ban the widely-used pesticide DDT
____ ____ Enforce the Clean Water Act
____ ____ Phase out leaded gasoline
____ ____ Regulate the quality of public drinking water
____ ____ Control jet-plane noise
____ ____ Ban federal awards, grants, etc. to polluting plants and facilities
____ ____ Ban two cancer-causing pesticides
____ ____ Require public water suppliers test their public water routinely
____ ____ Hudson River clean-up
____ ____ Stronger smog standard
____ ____ Air pollution standards for oil and natural gas
____ ____ First guidelines proposed to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants
Well, how do they stack up? Do you think the EPA has been useful in protecting your health and that of your community?
If so, mention that to your congresspeople. They need to know.
(BTW, more on these milestones and others at epa.gov/history.)