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let's stop wasting time
I think many of us are agreeing violently, even to
some extent Sam M.
Yes, there are MANY good people in the
agencies. Yes, the good people work very
hard at trying to help communities, or fixing
the regs, or trying to make sense out of the
But please read REHW 553 and 554. For those
who haven't seen it, it is available at
The many good people in the agencies are
hamstrung by the very nature of the
agency's mission, which is to PROMOTE
corporate interests within the confines
of the laws and regulations of the land.
Sam, you are precisely right, the agency
people are not "wild-eyed" environmental
activists. They act according to the confines
of the agency in which they work.
Sometimes they do wonderful work, and sometimes
they do nasty, evil work, depending on what their
boss tells them to do. But they will NEVER accomplish
any dramatic progressive changes!
The NESWC incinerator in North Andover, Mass
runs within the confines of the current Massachusetts
regulations most of the time. Massachusetts has not
assimilated the 1990 USEPA regs yet on
incinerators. Thus it is perfectly legal for this
incinerator to emit 20-30 TEQs (200-300 mass PCDD/PCDF)
which is 4-5 times the EPA allowance. It is
perfectly legal for them to dump 2000 POUNDS
OF MERCURY VAPOR onto the town each year.
(Those figures are from the stack tests that the
incinerator operators PROVIDED to the Mass DEP).
Do you see what I am getting at?
The "new EPA" is rapidly finding erroneous zones in
environmental regulations, and telling companies to
use them. The good people working in the agencies
can't do a g-d thing about it.
The EPA is telling companies to package up
hazwaste and sell it as fertilizer. The EPA just
gave a low-level radioactive waste dump the
OK to connect to a sewage treatment plant
which will undoubtedly sell the LLRW to some
unsuspecting farmer. BECAUSE THERE ARE
NO REGS FOR FERTILIZER!!! So something that
would be patently illegal by NRC regulations -
unlined land distribution of LLRW, is suddenly
legalized because it is called FERTILIZER and
comes under the jurisdiction of the new EPA.
When Carol Browner gave away the store
to the incinerator operators - changing the ash
test from E.P. Toxicity to TCLP, and then allowing
them to throw the alkaline lime-saturated fly-ash
in with the bottom-ash - the good agency people
had their hands tied, as they do now. They
cannot say to you "I think Ms. Browner made
a big mistake - that ash is really still toxic" or
they'll get fired (unless they have some political
protection or tenure).
Anyhow, that's enough . Yes, some of the people
in the agencies are OK. But that doesn't do any
good, because the function of the agencies is
to maintain the status quo with a few tweaks
here and there, not to make massive changes.
Here's a puzzle I'll leave with people: why do you
think the 1994 Dioxin Reassessment has not
been released as a public document yet?
If you apply what I have said above, you'll have
Thanks, and let's stops wasting time