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Seven Priorities for EPA’s Future

2010 January 12

Today, Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced seven priorities for
EPA’s future:

  • Taking Action on Climate Change
  • Improving Air Quality
  • Assuring the Safety of Chemicals
  • Cleaning Up Our Communities
  • Protecting America’s Waters
  • Expanding the Conversation on Environmentalism and Working for Environmental Justice
  • Building Strong State and Tribal Partnerships

Read her memo for the details.

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  1. Paul G Ranky, PhD permalink
    January 12, 2010

    I very much welcome the above published Action List.

    I would like to emphasize the importance of heavy metal toxicity in the food chain (e.g. mercury in fish), in electronic manufacturing (e.g. cell phones), but also in dental work, and in the construction industry.

    Let me know if I can help.

    Paul G Ranky, PhD
    Full Tenured Professor, NJIT, NJ
    IEEE Green ENgineering Editor

  2. Robert & Kathy Prokop permalink
    January 12, 2010

    hi there

    since these issues deals with as well as solving the economy let us focus on automobile solving solutions should be use education as snap? per say or should be we use jobs or see or how about disability being to live as normal or possible? most people need new cars since the economy victimized the auto industry — lots of people kept their cars issue waiting or no money or creating history how do we solve auto solvance?

    thank you so much

    robert & kathy prokop kpop

  3. Joe Tanner permalink
    January 13, 2010

    Hey I would like to know how the EPA would have dealt with all the tens of millions of buffalo that used to roam this country??

    I mean they must of really emitted some major CO2 and just think of the urine and feces.

    Oh they probably didn’t do it in streams and they knew better than to do it all in one spot.

    What about those dinasaurs if they were still around what would do about them?? They would be endangered but at the same time they would be emitting alot of CO2.

    You people are nuts!

  4. Joe Tanner permalink
    January 13, 2010

    You could help by going to China , you ever see those kids melting lead
    off computer boards?? Even 60 minutes did a special on it!

    Don’t get dental work done that will solve one problem. Or maybe get wood teeth like George Washington.

    Also what would you know about the construgtion industry?? Have you ever picked up a shovel or built anything??

    Go back to school take some economic classes.

  5. Joe Tanner permalink
    January 13, 2010

    There is supposed to be Rule of Law in this country not:

    Social Justice
    Political Justice
    Economic Justice
    Evironmental Justice
    and on and on and on.

    Justice isn’t in the mind of the person your talking to at the time.

    We are a nationruled by laws not by men!!

  6. Joe Tanner permalink
    January 13, 2010

    I would like to know what the EPA is doing about the Solar Panel Field in El Cinco Ca. being held up by a couple of turtles found in area.

    Which is it going to be turtles or solar power to save the planet??

  7. Al Bannet permalink
    January 13, 2010

    My critical comment was time-censored. Apparently, Ms. Jackson is being protected from from any such embarrassment.

  8. Jeffrey Levy permalink*
    January 13, 2010

    Hello. We greatly appreciate your thoughts and comments, whether critical or not, and we review all comments according to our comment policy:

    We’ve approved many of your comments, some of which are critical in tone.

    But I can’t find any other comments from you that we haven’t approved. I’ve sent you an email to follow up.

    Jeffrey Levy
    Director of Web Communications
    US EPA

  9. Joseph Zummach permalink
    January 13, 2010

    I hope putting an end to Mountain top removal is also on the priority list as it relates directly to Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and Water quality, at the very least. I know the EPA is up against a great deal of resistance, with senator Murkowsky’s attempt to take the regulatory guts out of the agency, hang in there

  10. Al Bannet permalink
    January 14, 2010

    Whenever I edit for more than just a few minutes, when I click to submit the comment it simply disappears, which is strange because I notice other posters post quite long comments that must have taken longer to write than mine. For example, if I need to check a spelling or definition, I have to rush for fear of losing the connection. It happens too often to be a computer glitch.

  11. Al Bannet permalink
    January 14, 2010

    It’s too late. An enormous area of mountain forest has already been destroyed and it goes on every day. That whole geographical region was designated a “National Sacrifice Area” many years ago. Money talks and the people walk.

  12. dowens permalink*
    January 14, 2010

    Thanks for letting us know. We welcome comments regardless of length, as you note. We’re checking with our technical staff.

    This is the first time we’ve heard such a complaint.

    Denise Owens
    Greenversations Editor

  13. Todd Solomon permalink
    January 15, 2010

    Hey, what happened to Sustainable Communities and the HUD-DOT-EPA partnership? 7 months later, and it’s already dropped off Jackson’s priority list? Wow. Disappointing.

  14. Al Bannet permalink
    January 17, 2010

    Disappointing, but entirely predictable. The EPA’s political job is to reassure the public so the economy can “get back on track and growing again”, regardless of long term consequences.

  15. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    January 18, 2010

    The seven priorities is an impressive list. Maybe greater public engagement could be had by doing community forums on the different issues in a way similar to the President’s Community Jobs Forums of December and early January in which thousands were held across the country. This is a model that could be used to bring people together on different issues of importance. We also need to incorporate into the seven priorities the idea of sustainable and liveable communities. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  16. Al Bannet permalink
    January 18, 2010

    Disappointing indeed, but not at all surprising.

  17. wade harter permalink
    January 20, 2010

    this is a most impressive list of items, many which are of importance. However, each item requires tax payer money both from industry and workers. Each also requires industry (manufacturers) to spend additional dollars to comply with the present regs and those that will come from implementing this list. It would seem as important to insure that our industry was competing on a FAIR playing field, not just a FREE field. EPA could add credits to manufacturing to equalize manufacturing cost for those imported items from countries without environmental regs, ridiculous low labor rates, child labor, etc. This would provide millions of jobs and produce multi-millions of tax revenue to provide for such services as rendered by EPA. Lest we forget that little or no manufacturing is what is common to all third world countries. As we continue to eliminate manufacturing here in the US where do you think this is leading?

  18. David Mc permalink
    January 21, 2010

    Those are good points Wade, and it would give incentive for foreign suppliers to compete on the basis of environment as well as price. Let’s add worker rights, which have eroded in the US too.

    Incentives for innovating new, greener chemistry have lessened. Excessive regulation of new molecules makes continued use of dirtier, older chemistry much more likely, even if better solutions and processes are found. Due to the excessive regulatory and customer record-keeping required for new chemistry, many avoid even pursuing or researching new alternatives. The EPA needs to take a broader look at these applications and be realistic about the markets involved.

  19. Have Rox permalink
    April 20, 2010

    I just saw an ad for a vw ( can’t seem to remember the name of the actual car ) but anyways it get’s over 85 mpg and has less emissions than any American car on the road. We need to start looking more into those types of technologies. Ohh and here’s the kicker when it goes on sale next year it’ll start at under 20k so there’s no reason why you can’t go green.

    Have Rox

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    July 8, 2013

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