What’s Up With The New Feds


 

The present national administration, unable to get legislation protecting the environment started in Congress, is using other ways of cutting financial support for developing and supporting such activities.

The recent National Wildlife magazine carried an article about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its works. It’s worth our consideration that it is one of the Federal institutions that the Republican government is intent on “downsizing”. The agency was established by Congress in 1970 with the support of President Nixon. Over the next several years Congress passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Toxic Substances Control Act all in the early 1970’s. All of these pieces of legislation had the almost unanimous support of both Republicans and Democrats.

These agencies have reduced the production of contaminants throughout our economy. Cars produce 99 percent less nitrogen, children with elevated lead levels up to 88% have declined to less than 3%. The Clean Air Act has reduced the level of carbon monoxide by about 70% through the country. The list of activities goes on. But, so does the list of new contaminants.

Unfortunately, the administration of our present national government is committed to reducing the size and cost of government. But, it is government support for investigation and intervention that has gotten us to where we are living a better  life. Tearing down government support for a good life for all citizens has to be resisted

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