New GAO report: Environmental Protection Agency: Recent Policy Could Improve Working Relations between EPA’s Office of Inspector General and Office of Homeland Security. GAO-20-89R: 22pp. Dec 2, 2019.
Inside Climate News reports on new Harvard Study: Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Put Thousands of Lives at Risk, Harvard Analysis Finds. The authors used EPA’s own risk assessments to estimate the number of illnesses and early deaths prevented by clean air and water rules Trump is now trying to erase.
Using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s own numbers, two Harvard scientists have calculated that 80,000 more lives will be lost per decade if President Donald Trump’s administration fulfills its plans to roll back clean air and water protections.
The researchers, terming their tally “an extremely conservative estimate,” also estimated that the repeal of regulations will lead to respiratory problems for more than 1 million people. Their essay was published Tuesday in the authoritative Journal of the American Medical Association.
A related article from NPR about the concerns for hazmat incidents and response: Fear And Frustration Over EPA Move To Kill Chemical-Disaster Protections
The Environmental Protection Agency intends to block an Obama-era proposal and effectively shield companies from scrutiny about how they prevent and respond to chemical disasters. At a hearing Thursday, agency officials got an earful from dozens of people who live and work near refineries and chemical facilities across the country.
As readers know, the Diva feels strongly that the integrity and mission of the EPA is essential for this country to deal with environmental issues and disasters. The Administrator of EPA is under intense pressure for ethical and other issues.
From the HuffPost, this list of violations: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/scott-pruitt-scandals-list_us_5ac66dffe4b09d0a1191647f
Update: From Politico this account of the damage a corrupt and unethical agency head can do: Inside the EPA: ‘It’s just a slow-motion train wreck’ ‘Everybody is out for themselves right now,’ says one employee in an agency where people are fretting about leaks and Scott Pruitt’s scandals.
While news this week suggests that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is a walking ethics disaster, he’s long been paving the way for actual disasters—chemical disasters that is. A report released today, A Disaster in the Making, by community, environmental, health, workers, and scientist groups, illuminates how Pruitt’s unnecessary delay of the Chemical Disaster Rule continues to harm Americans.
From the Ny Times: At Pruitt’s E.P.A.: No Studies, No Data, No Rules
The Diva used for work for EPA in the division that dealt with emergencies related to hazardous materials. That is important work, and should not be conducted without benefit of science.
Update on April 7th: From the NYTimes, an interesting article on the likely rescinding of much of the damage done by EPA due to lack of science and hard data. See: In His Haste to Roll Back Rules, Scott Pruitt, E.P.A. Chief, Risks His Agenda
An opinion piece from CNN: EPA cuts could risk a public health emergency.
From an emergency management standpoint, the fact that FEMA is seriously stretched and that EPA is losing key components and staff, one has to wonder how capable the federal government will be in dealing with man-made hazards and disasters. Public health and well-being are at stake.