Thursday, November 01, 2007

EPA inspector general: agency clueless about toxic pollutants

EPA’s Office of Inspector General is out with a tough report about the agency’s approach toward toxic air pollutants – particularly the urgent need to obtain better information about actual public exposure to cancer-causing contaminants.

The inspector’s office verified something that we have noted before: The public is often not aware of the true risk it faces from chemicals in the air. That’s because the government does not always have accurate information.

The inspector’s office earlier had urged EPA to require that states actually report toxic emission data. EPA blew off this recommendation. “EPA’s planned actions do not sufficiently address the problems identified and we consider the issues unresolved,” the report notes.

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