Environmental Protection Agency Information
Welcome to the ADC Section on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This section provides information on many issues facing the EPA with regard to the quality of our lives and our environment. Government documents, details on upcoming regulations, studies, and other issues are found in this section of the website. (Some EPA issues are covered in other sections of this website when the information is important enough to warrant a separate section.)
EPA Information on the Hazards of Fluorescent, LED, CFLs, Neon & Other Light Bulbs Click Here
EPA Information on Nuclear Radiation Hazards is located on the Nuclear Issues Section of this website.
June 2, 2014 C-SPAN VIDEO - Book Discussion on POISON SPRING HE SECRET HISTORY OF POLLUTION AND THE EPA
Evaggelos Vallianatos, who spent 25 years as an analyst for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), talked about his book Poison Spring:… read more
"...Evaggelos Vallianatos, who spent 25 years as an analyst for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), talked about his book Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA, in which he argues that the EPA has failed to protect the public from harmful chemicals. He argued that the EPA was no longer a watchdog organization and had instead become the “polluters' protection agency,” beholden to the chemical companies that the agency was supposed to regulate. He also said that neither political party was interested in reforming the EPA. Mr. Vallianatos spoke at Pomona College in Claremont, California..." Note the section on honey bees.
LINK TO THE ABOVE C-SPAN VIDEO:
California Department of Public Health - Drinking Water Program
California Drinking Water Quality Monitoring Schedule Notification documents
All California drinking water quality analyses data are available to download at the
California State Department of Health
EPA & California Department of Toxic Substances Control Final Report on Mercury August 2002
Note: Energy Efficient Light Bulb Hazards include Mercury, Arsenic, Lead & Possible PCBs in older ballasts.
See California EPA Website for more information: http://www.calepa.ca.gov
Statement of Barbara Boxer
Hearing: Full and Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health joint hearing entitled, "Oversight of EPA Authorities and Actions to Control Exposures to Toxic Chemicals."
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Statement of Senator Barbara Boxer
Hearing on EPA Authorities and Actions to Control Exposures to Toxic Chemicals
July 24, 2012
(Remarks as prepared for delivery)
"...The purpose of this hearing is to review the need to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the primary law that regulates chemicals in this country.
TSCA, which was enacted in the 1970s, was intended to protect public health and ensure the safety of chemicals that are found in products we use every day. Unfortunately, this law has proven to lack the tools necessary to act swiftly and effectively when dealing with chemicals with potentially toxic effects. The weaknesses in the law were highlighted by a 1991 decision, when a court interpreted TSCA to require a complex process to obtain protections from asbestos, despite its obvious health hazards. It is clear that reforms are needed if the public is to have the protections that it deserves.
A good illustration of the critical need to reform our toxics law is the experience with a group of flame retardants, which was intended to protect public safety, but has raised serious concerns about the risk they pose due to the toxic chemicals they contain. We need to reform TSCA to provide incentives and ensure that the safest chemicals are used in our products so that the American public, including the most vulnerable among us – infants, children, and pregnant women – are protected from toxic substances.
I want to commend Senator Lautenberg for his leadership and hard work to move forward with needed reforms. He has worked tirelessly with stakeholders, including the chemical industry, the public health community, and across the aisle in the Senate, to find common ground in this important effort. The American people need us to reform TSCA, which is why I support Senator Lautenberg’s determination to move a bill from this committee and to broaden the discussion to the Senate floor. We must continue to work to develop consensus on the issue.
I look forward to hearing from our witnesses today. It is time to take action on this public health issue..."
(Please note that the Volume is real low and possible can be adjusted so we can hear better when on the website.)
"November 20, 2011 - 9 News Now TV"
"FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA) -- Tests are being done after an odor was detected during drilling at Fort Detrick. It's concerning because the odor is coming from an area that's been contaminated with toxins. Contaminants were buried at the site when Fort Detrick's Biological Weapons program was ended in the 1970s. Robert Sperling with Fort Detrick said employees noticed the odor last Wednesday while they were installing a well. But that information wasn't released until Saturday morning. "Once they smelled the odors, they stopped what they were doing, and they put on protective gear, they put on a respirator," he said in a phone interview with 9 NEWS NOW's Lindsey Mastis Sperling said vapor didn't travel off base and therefore, is not a threat to the community. "We had did some tests downwind and really nothing was detected past about 10 feet from the actual drill," Sperling said. Rachel Pisani is with the Kristin Renee Foundation, an organization that's investigating a possible link between contamination at Fort Detrick and cancer. She said she is concerned about this latest incident. "If they have an odor that's that prominent, they can't tell me for sure that it's not toxic. They were telling us for years that everything was okay in Area B, and now we know that it's not," she said. Fort Detrick officials say at this time, they do not know whether the odor is hazardous. They are waiting for results from water testing. Those results should be available next week."
C-SPAN Washington, DC - Tuesday, November 1, 2011
House lawmakers held a hearing today on Environmental Protection Agency rules governing hazardous air pollutants. The GOP majority on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee want to know if the regulations, known as Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT), have an effect on job creation.
MACT are national standards for emission levels that vary depending on the source and type of pollutant. EPA is required to set the standards under language in the Clean Air Act. Many states have their own hazardous air pollution rules in addition to the national standards. Enforcement comes from states and the federal government but companies must develop their own plans to ensure they don't exceed the emission standards.
Testifying at today's hearing: Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, EPA Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe, and Josh Bevins of the Economic Policy Institute.
PARAMETER_CODE, PARAMETER_DESCRIPTION ...11-29-2010 U.S. EPA Website - Spreadsheet
With Entire List of Contaminants Including but not Limted to the following:
... 34722,Bolero,11056,Thiobencarb,28249776,248542,,. 34724,"Sodium polyacrylate, total",10735, Sodium polyacrylate, 9003047,161281,,. ...