POLITICAL CORRUPTION IS A NATIONWIDE ISSUE AFFECTING ALL OF US. ALABAMA RANKS #5 AS THE MOST CORRUPT STATE. *DOJ 2007 stats
Something is very wrong in the Land of Cotton


PERTINENT ENVIRONMENTAL AND CORRUPTION ISSUES IN OTHER STATES ARE ALSO DISCUSSED


NO OTHER COMMUNITY, RICH OR POOR, URBAN OR SUBURBAN,BLACK, BROWN,RED, YELLOW OR WHITE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO BECOME AN "ENVIRONMENTAL SACRIFICE ZONE."

Dr. Robert Bullard
Environmental Justice Movement Founder

Monday, November 7, 2011

NPR--Secret 'Watch List' Reveals Failure To Curb Toxic Air

NPR and the Center For Public Integrity team up for a four part series "Poison Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities" kicking it off with the release of an EPA "secret watch list:"
Pollution violations at more than 1,600 plants across the country were serious enough that the government believes they require urgent action, according to an analysis of EPA data by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity. Yet nearly 300 of those facilities have been considered "high priority violators" of the Clean Air Act by the Environmental Protection Agency for at least a decade.
About a quarter of those 1,600 violators are on an internal EPA "watch list," which the agency has kept secret until now.
The report cites a "lack of modern equipment and rules" and a "system of self-reporting" as major contributors to the rampant, serial pollution that's continuing to threaten communities and lives. They're exactly right, but industry propaganda spins out fear and misinformation to the masses by claiming that increased regulation and equipment updating will result in a "loss of jobs and unnecessary rate hikes."

What these industry disinformation spin masters leave off is the documented increase in costs to Americans for health care, higher mortality rates and the overall increasing toll on human health from less stringent regulation and oversight. These industry apologists would have us believe that profits by the polluters trump citizen's rights to clean communities.

That idea came about during the Bush era EPA which instituted a steady decrease in the value of a human life as a means to institute less regulation.

It was a big lie then and it still is now. 


Incredulously, only one Alabama company wound up on the serial offender list: Chemical Lime Company of Alabama in Calera.

Region 4 EPA recently released their 'answers' to the residents of North Birmingham in response to the Walter Energy contamination (Deadly Deception). The 'answers' and explanations from the EPA are couched in generalities and offer no real solutions to the resident's plight.

On the heels of media attention and the environmental justice meeting that occurred in Birmingham this past July, it's our postilion that no one at that meeting heard a word. Inside sources tell us that the meeting was never supposed to be public, and it only went public because of pressure from the right people in positions of influence.

The EPA acts schizophrenic at times, listens to too many voices, contradicts itself and occasionally does things that defy logic unless you're a mental patient. This may be one of those instances. Why do they seem more concerned with keeping secrets and remaining less than transparent in releasing information that serves the public good? There's no excuse for that, but we're interested to hear their explanations.

Allowing these toxic titans to self-police and self-report is inexcusable. So is misleading the public by keeping internal 'secrets' designed to protect corporate America at the expense of citizen America.
*additional reading: "Many Americans Left Behind in the Quest for Cleaner Air"
Air monitoring results N. Birmingham--locations to view data
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12 comments:

  1. Maybe there's only one on the secret watch list but there's a lot more Alabama poisoners on the general list. Still, it doesn't make any logical sense Chemical Lime is the only bad actor that warrants placement on the hit list. Unless ADEM has been under-reporting and inspecting.
    That would never happen would it?
    I had high hopes for Gwen Keyes Fleming.
    Those hopes are dashed today.

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  2. EPA Region 4 has always been a problem.

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  3. Her calendar has an awful lot of "closed press" meetings? Why is she doing that?

    http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/Calendars_1?OpenView&RestrictToCategory=Gwen%20Keyes%20Fleming.%20Regional%20Administrator,%20US%20EPA%20Region%204

    Maybe we need to ask her.
    (404) 562-8357

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  4. The EPA determines the value of a human life????
    Are you kidding me with this????
    That's really scary to know bureaucrats are sitting around in room and deciding what we're all worth!!!
    Orwellian to the core!

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  5. Dear residents of north Birmingham:

    We have heard your concerns and decided we really don't give a damn.

    Signed,
    EPA, JCDH, City of Birmingham and Walter Energy

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  6. If the EPA is so inept and protective of polluters then why are the violators and republican wolves always on their case?

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  7. Big business likes choking the life out of the EPA by jamming their jackboots on their necks until they squeal you win, you win, we won't tell anybody the real truth...cough...cough...gasp

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  8. i'myourhuckleberryNovember 7, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Where's the Twinkster and Dale's gal on this? Any chance for some more moronic claims from the kingdom of Alabama Power and their favorite ladies-in-waiting?

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  9. For such a beautiful state geographically it's a shame it's rotten to the core from years of pollution and corruption.

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  10. As long as there is no admission, there is no action to address these issues. This is a scheme for the status quo. It goes on, no one dare make waves as the pollution continues, people get sick, die and are shushed up permanently.

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  11. ...another toothless and useless agency of the government...showing us their disgustingly nasty gums.

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  12. There are a bushel full of Alabama companies that SHOULD be on that list!

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