The screams to cut funding to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are bothersome. What do some folks not understand about the EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment? The EPA is us and for us. The EPA is the champion of clean, green and mean. The EPA will make you wipe it up with eco-friendly stuff and smack you if you don’t come correct.
Will those budget cutters forgo the benefits of the EPA? California is polluted with a toxic cocktail that has scarred the lungs of many. The Appalachia region waters are filled with the soils of the mountain tops and the Gulf of Mexico has a dead zone where fish and plants cannot survive. Lands throughout our country are hazardous waste sites ranging from dry cleaners and gas stations to piles of rocks contaminated with metals from mining and heavy industrial use. The EPA is responsible for protecting (at this point, recovering) the air, land and water that has been vandalized by the American corporate way of life.