Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) is reporting that the coal ash industry edited US EPA’s reports, brochures and fact-sheets to delete references to potential dangers of coal ash — primarily radiation and mercury — in official agency documents.
The same coal ash industry groups also had EPA play up “environmental benefits” of a wide range of applications for coal combustion wastes – from tooth paste pumice to concrete filler. The story is at http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/01/27-6
Is our country’s federal environmental agency in bed with the same folks that the agency is regulating? Is there any wonder that Middle America is losing faith in Washington? Hello President Obama? Are you still on the phone with a basketball team while your presidency is fading quicker than Paris Hilton??