Thursday, March 13, 2014

Noem wants to end air and water protections

The US Environmental Protection Agency contributed over $47 million in funding programs for South Dakota in 2012 through the GOP-owned Department of Ecocide and Natural Ruination (DENR). EPA has posted funding opportunities for 2014. Here is the page for EPA's Office of Brownfields & Land Revitalization.

Last year EPA imposed fines for violations by ethanol facilities in Aberdeen and Huron:
EPA inspections conducted in January, 2012 found that Advanced BioEnergy’s ethanol plants had deficiencies in their Risk Management Plans associated with the use and storage of hazardous chemicals. Advanced BioEnergy also failed to accurately file TRI forms detailing the chemicals processed, manufactured or used at its facilities.
South Dakota's K Street-owned christofascist junior senator Thune was a lobbyist for industrial chemical companies before his handlers bought him a blogger and a Senate seat.

South Dakota's embattled Rep. Kristi Noem has opened a can of worms by bringing sunlight to the dust generated by agriculture in a state where the levels of toxicity in soils is off the charts in most watersheds.
Thanks to disingenuous catchphrases and a cleverly selected bill name, the pesticide manufacturers were able to convince many in the House of Representatives to vote for H.R. 872, and now the Senate is all that stands between this bill and the President’s desk. Unfortunately, the true effect of the so-called “Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011,” which should more appropriately be called the “Reducing Environmental Protections Act of 2011,” can’t be wrapped into quick sound bites. These special interests used the complexity of this issue to turn Congressmen who typically work to protect the public health into conspirators in exposing our waterways and our bodies to more pesticides. [Pesticide industry bill would axe Clean Water Act protections]

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