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Re: apologies for bashed mail message
> From: Jon Campbell <email@example.com>
> But the big picture reveals that they cannot help us
> to make institutional changes,
MOST cannot make any real changes to law. But is important to note
that a FEW actually do make the original draft of any one law or
regulation. It is extremely important to identify these individuals
and cultivate a working relationship so that honest and timely input
can be provided when new rules emerge. It will not solve all the
problems between laws and protection - a lot of problems and changes
occur after a regulation or law is drafted. But it starts the process
on the right foot.
> and the EPA and DEPs
> are - by policy - decreasing their commitment to
> environmental protection and finding loopholes in
> the laws and advising their industrial "clients" to
> drive trucks through them.
A lot of decreased committment is not due to a lack of will, it is a
lack of manpower. The federal and state governments, for the most
part, continue to slash budgets at a time of conspicuous industrial
growth. Not a good combination.
The loopholes themselves, when they exist, are usually found by the
consultant or head-guru of the industry, not the regulatory personnel.
If constrained by the law, the regulatory personnel have few options -
they can of course quit - but that means a novice or other overworked
regulatory person gets to fill in. Not smart. And you also have the
problems of time and loopholes that may or may not be relevant -
currently, there are not enough regulatory personnel to adequately
review all material that comes before them. In the case of air
quality, this problem will become much worse once the Title V program
starts to generate the mandated data.
> We need to have an alternative strategy that will
> make institutional changes. Any thoughts will be
> gratefully received. I have some thoughts of my own
> which I will share later.
I agree completely. Not only institutional changes, but institutional
funding. It will take a massive, coordinated, short AND long-term
approach. The sooner you/we start, the better everybody else will be.