Are you concerned at all about the safety of water supplies as the fracking gets ramped up now?
Are you concerned that it is now 'ok' to dump coal dust into streams and rivers?
Do you think that deregulation across the board on environmental safety is a good thing?
Do you remember when they had to 'shut down' Beijing for a few weeks before the Olympics, because the air quality sucked, and they had to let it clear so the athletes could breathe?
Do you think that deregulation is a great idea?
You know who does?Monsanto. They LOVE deregulation. Monsanto clears USDA regulatory hurdle for new GMO corn
And that was back in 2015... imagine how much easier it will be, now that we have a deregulator-in-chief...Oh... looky here...Smoking Gun on EPA's Secret Collaboration With Monsantohttp://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/01/31/epa-monsanto-collaboration.aspx
January 31, 2017
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is once again facing scrutiny over its dealings with Monsanto, the maker of Roundup herbicide.
In 2015, glyphosate, Roundup's active ingredient, was determined to be a "probable carcinogen" by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is the research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO).
The EPA, rather than taking immediate steps to protect Americans from this probable cancer-causing agent, decided to reassess its position on the chemical and, after doing so, released a paper in October 2015 stating that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.1
In April 2016, the EPA posted the report online, briefly, before pulling it and claiming it was not yet final, and had been posted by mistake.
The paper was signed by Jess Rowland (among other EPA officials), who at the time was the EPA's deputy division director of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and chair of the Cancer Assessment Review Committee (CARC).This is notable because Monsanto is currently embroiled in a number of lawsuits, including litigation from more than 50 people who claim exposure to Roundup caused them to develop non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL).
Monsanto has used the EPA's supposedly-not-final report in court hearings to suggest glyphosate is safe
, and now the plaintiffs' attorneys are asking for documents detailing Monsanto's interactions with Rowland to be released.
EPA, Monsanto Refuse to Lift Seal on Controversial Documents
In a review published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, a team of scientists thoroughly reviewed the research behind the IARC's glyphosate/cancer ruling, noting an association between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma was found based on available human evidence.2
Associations between the chemical and rare kidney tumors, genotoxicity and oxidative stress and even DNA damage in the blood of exposed humans were also revealed.
But industry is working hard to ensure that any science and other evidence not on their side is overlooked, including allegations that Monsanto has long known glyphosate causes cancer and spent decades covering it up.(continued)
So Monsanto has to deal with the EPA, and the USDA as well...
What's in store with Trump's cabinet picks?Trump's new Secretary of Agriculture: Meet Sonny Perdue...https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/18/us/politics/sonny-perdue-agriculture-secretary.html?_r=0
"... Environmental activists condemned Mr. Trump’s choice, saying that Mr. Perdue had received hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal farm subsidies that help chemical companies and large agriculture conglomerates at the expense of small farmers and the environment.
“It’s certainly hard to imagine that a former fertilizer salesman will tackle the unregulated farm pollution that poisons our drinking water, turns Lake Erie green, and fouls the Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico,” said Scott Faber, senior vice president of government affairs at EWG, an environmental research group.
If confirmed, Mr. Perdue would oversee an agency with a $150 billion budget. The Agriculture Department is in charge of farm policy and food safety, and it funds food stamps, other nutrition programs and the Forest Service.
Sounds like Monsanto (and ConAgra) must be happy with Sonny. He's going to deliver all those approvals.What about the EPA?
=============================Pruitt confirmation sets stage for Trump EPA assaulthttps://theintercept.com/2017/02/14/financial-backers-of-epa-pick-scott-pruitt-have-faced-hundreds-of-pollution-actions/ault
February 14 2017
AT LEAST 15 COMPANIES with financial ties to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency, have faced hundreds of EPA enforcement actions, which are the basic tool the agency uses to enforce environmental rules and laws.
Among the Pruitt donors with enforcement cases against them
in recent years are Continental Resources, an oil company that contributed to Liberty 2.0, a pro-Pruitt Super PAC; Murray Energy, which was a co-party in eight of 14 lawsuits Pruitt filed against the EPA and contributed to his political campaigns; and Devon Energy, which raised money for the Republican Attorneys General Association when Pruitt led it and whose lawyers penned a letter that Pruitt sent to the EPA. Peabody Energy, whose executive Fred Palmer contributed to Pruitt’s 2014 re-election campaign for Oklahoma attorney general, is the parent company of 12 separate coal companies that have faced EPA enforcement actions. In addition to the energy companies, the agricultural company Monsanto, which contributed to Pruitt’s 2010 and 2014 election campaign, has been named in 96 formal administrative cases, according to EPA records
. It’s impossible to tally a complete list of the enforcement cases filed against Pruitt donors because some donations, such as those to the most recent pro-Pruitt PAC, Protecting America Now, can be made secretly.
So Monsanto must be throwing parties celebrating the likely approval of Glyphosate.
I predict that Glyphosate will pass safety testing, (the EPA is like the CDC... working for the corporations at the expense of the health of US citizens)
Roundup will be out there even more ... in grass seed, on lawns across the country.. we'll have a spike in Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, but that's ok - that's money for pharma... it's a win-win for corporations.