The unacceptable compromise

The fact is our region of the EPA has demonstrated its bias towards landfilling and once again will allow yet another massive PCB-dump in Berkshire County. That a handful of local officials have substituted their limited judgment for the desires of an entire diverse community is a travesty.

It’s Not That Simple: The Housatonic River cleanup, Part 2

“There is no failsafe technology. In fact, we think the best technology for this level of PCBs is landfilling, because if we use one of these other technologies we might knock it down from 20 ppm to 5 ppm, or even 1 ppm, it still needs to be put somewhere. You still need a landfill.”

— Bryan Olson, director of the Superfund and Emergency Management Division of the Environmental Protection Agency

Long-time EPA Community Coordinator – veteran in Housatonic River cleanup – steps down

“At EPA there’s a big morale issue at the staff level. It’s awful. Some employees wouldn’t normally think of leaving, but after two years of this, they wonder what they should do. I was counseling people in their 30s to hunker down for the longer run. But how can the EPA people work for a President who lies every day?”

— Jim Murphy, former Community Involvement Coordinator for Environmental Protection Agency Region 1 that comprises New England

Hostile Takeover at the EPA

Anti-democratic governments, which thrive on obfuscating truth, seek to delegitimize and suppress scientists and other authoritative voices that offer accurate information that can be used to hold the government to account… So people who live near facilities that emit carcinogens or other hazardous pollutants are likely to be breathing more of them than before.