War on the EPA : America's Endangered Environmental Protections
by Alley, William M.; Alley, Rosemarie







Acknowledgmentsvii
Introductionix
1 EPA 101
1(18)
PART I DRINKING WATER
19(36)
2 Take It from the Tap
21(22)
3 Environmental Justice
43(12)
PART II WATER POLLUTION
55(44)
4 A Wicked Problem
57(24)
5 Inconvenient Connections
81(18)
PART III AIR POLLUTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE
99(56)
6 A Never-Ending Battle
101(12)
7 Costs, Benefits, and Politics
113(20)
8 Climate Change
133(22)
PART IV TOXIC CHEMICALS AND HAZARDOUS WASTE
155(74)
9 Toxic Chemicals
157(26)
10 The Forever Chemicals
183(14)
11 Superfund
197(18)
12 A Success Story
215(8)
13 Resurrecting the EPA
223(6)
Notes229(42)
Selected Bibliography271(8)
Index279(10)
About the Authors289


This book examines the daunting hurdles facing the EPA in its critical roles in drinking water, air and water pollution, climate change, and toxic chemicals. It illustrates the importance of a strong EPA, the challenges of regulation, and how today’s war on science is undermining the scientific foundation upon which the agency’s legitimacy rests.





William (Bill) M. Alley, PhD, is an internationally-recognized authority on groundwater and an environmental science writer. He was Chief, Office of Groundwater for the U.S. Geological Survey for almost two decades. Alley has interacted with the EPA in numerous ways for more than 40 years and his experiences allow for an objective, critical look at the agency.

Rosemarie Alley is a freelance writer with extensive writing and public speaking experience. Bill and Rosemarie previously collaborated on Too Hot to Touch: The Problem of High-Level Nuclear Waste (2013) and High and Dry: Meeting the Challenges of the World’s Growing Dependence on Groundwater (2017). The Alley’s divide their time between San Diego, California and Longmont, Colorado.





In this lacerating follow-up to High and Dry (2017), the Alleys provide another smartly written text full of fact-based fervor and addressing an important environmental topic. This time they tackle the history of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which from its earliest days has been under attack by various industries and corporations and the mostly conservative politicians who support them. In a narrative that addresses water pollution, air pollution, the use of toxic chemicals and hazardous waste (including Superfund sites), the Alleys whip through events in American history that will make readers cringe with horror. In just one example, they reveal the 100-year battle to clean the Anaconda copper mine in Montana, a fight begun by Teddy Roosevelt that will continue seemingly forever (migrating birds have died in its open pit by the thousands). Equal parts infuriating and inspiring, this account covers some familiar stories (Erin Brockovich; Flint, Michigan) while framing them as part of a larger national tragedy. A fully sourced, clarion call for action that many will respond to. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





In this lacerating follow-up to High and Dry (2017), the Alleys provide another smartly written text full of fact-based fervor and addressing an important environmental topic. This time they tackle the history of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which from its earliest days has been under attack by various industries and corporations and the mostly conservative politicians who support them. In a narrative that addresses water pollution, air pollution, the use of toxic chemicals and hazardous waste (including Superfund sites), the Alleys whip through events in American history that will make readers cringe with horror. In just one example, they reveal the 100-year battle to clean the Anaconda copper mine in Montana, a fight begun by Teddy Roosevelt that will continue seemingly forever (migrating birds have died in its open pit by the thousands). Equal parts infuriating and inspiring, this account covers some familiar stories (Erin Brockovich; Flint, Michigan) while framing them as part of a larger national tragedy. A fully sourced, clarion call for action that many will respond to. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.






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