The EPA does need to be shut down. But then replaced with an organization that
actually protects the environment before problems exist rather than reacts to
problems years after they are caused.
Hopefully Baron Scarpia's comments above are tongue in cheek.
Thirty years the EPA and State Agencies have known that nitrogenous (urine and
protein) waste in sewage was not required to be treated under the Clean Water
Act, because of a faulty applied water pollution test. This waste, besides
exerting an oxygen demand, is also a fertilizer for algae. EPA acknowledged the
problems with the test in 1984, but never corrected the test, while Utah State
Science Council in 1984 unanimously recommended that the test should be
corrected. Their recommendation was rejected by the Governor, claiming it would
violate federal policies.All this while already in 1978 EPA acknowledged
that not only much better sewage treatment (including nitrogenous waste) was
available, but actually would be less costly. In spite of all this nothing
happened and the test is still not corrected and open water still used as giant
urinals by cities, while in some cases sewage treatment plants are designed to
treat the wrong waste. As long as EPA does not implement the CWA, as so
clearly intended and States are using this excuse to avoid implementing their
own state water pollution regulations, we simple have to get used at lakes
looking green in stead of blue.
Once Bachmann shuts down the EPA, this kind of federal interference will restore
freedom in this great state! Tell me, what brings more economic
opportunity to Utah -- free enterprise ... or more job-killng taxes necessary to
clean up lakes and rivers? The EPA and environmentalists are just killing this
nation!Families can swim in their backyard pools or at the local gym
or country club! 'nuff said.