Poison Spring

Poison Spring

The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA

Book - 2013
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Imagine walking into a restaurant and finding chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides, or neonicotinoid insecticides listed in the description of your entree. They may not be printed in the menu, but many are in your food.

These are a few of the literally millions of pounds of approved synthetic substances dumped into the environment every day, not just in the US but around the world. They seep into our water supply, are carried thousands of miles by wind and rain from the site of application, remain potent long after they are deposited, and constitute, in the words of one scientist, "biologic death bombs with a delayed time fuse and which may prove to be, in the long run, as dangerous to the existence of mankind as the arsenal of atom bombs." All of these poisons are sanctioned--or in some cases, ignored--by the EPA.

For twenty-five years E.G. Vallianatos saw the EPA from the inside, with rising dismay over how pressure from politicians and threats from huge corporations were turning it from the public's watchdog into a "polluter's protection agency." Based on his own experience, the testimony of colleagues, and hundreds of documents Vallianatos collected inside the EPA, Poison Spring reveals how the agency has continually reinforced the chemical-industrial complex.

Writing with acclaimed environmental journalist McKay Jenkins, E.G. Vallianatos provides a devastating exposé of how the agency created to protect Americans and our environment has betrayed its mission. Half a century after Rachel Carson's Silent Spring awakened us to the dangers of pesticides, we are poisoning our lands and waters with more toxic chemicals than ever.

Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury Press,, 2013
Edition: 1st U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781608199143
Branch Call Number: 363.73 V243p
Characteristics: 284 pages
Additional Contributors: Jenkins, McKay 1963-


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Jun 14, 2014

Cate Jenkins sounded the alarm about the hazardous materials at Ground Zero, the WTC after 9/11/01 --- she was summarily hounded at her workplace and if I recall correctly, fired, and a federal court reinstated her, and severely chastised the crooks at the EPA, who are once again have created a super-hostile environment against Dr. Jenkins. Bush, Obama, Obama or Bush, they are all super-corrupt crooks! This book is an excellent read on what a travesty, beginning with the Reagan administration, that the EPA has become, simply another lapdog for Wall Street!

Jun 10, 2014

I was prepared to be sympathetic to the authors' thesis, but was disappointed by the polemics and weak scientific foundation.

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