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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Clean air and water, no options

I have written in papers and books that citizens require clean air and water as a requirement to live healthily. The fact is, citizens, don't demand that outcome with sufficient voice to make it happen. People residing in Flint, Michigan are still on bottled water because lead-filled and rusty-colored polluted water runs from their crusty pipes unabated. 

Local, state, and federal government officials were derelict in their responsibilities to protect citizens. It didn't matter.

Flint Michigan water is not all that different from water throughout the nation. It is that the pipes haven't burst yet.

Agriculture and industrial waste pollution continue. Those special interests complained to their elected officials who are supported by political action committees who oppose regulations. What does it mean to fight regulations on clean air and water?

It means that they favor dirty air and water. They argue that people can't afford to be clean. That is ridiculous, of course.

President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are so run amok that they are dismantling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) while we citizens sit on our hands.

Here at home in Ohio where I live, nearly half of our waterways do not meet the fishable, swimmable, and drinkable standard required under the Clean Water Act. Just kill the act and that will make it all better, according to the prevailing logic.

"Trump to direct rollback of Obama-era clean water rule 
The order to “review and reconsider” the Waters of the United States rule could make it easier for agricultural and development interests to drain wetlands and small streams.
By Juliet Eilperin and Abby Phillip 
The Washington Post

Don't touch the water.

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