The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works hard to prevent toxins from entering the American food and water supplies. We have seen this with CERCLA, radon, and the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act of 1947 (FIFRA) is no different. As with other Acts, FIFRA has Continue Reading
Congress enacted the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) on December 11, 1980. Commonly referred to as Superfund, the Act created a tax on industry that was placed into a trust fund to be used to clean up abandoned or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. The Act also provided Federal authority to respond to Continue Reading
We are in a continual battle to protect our fragile alveoli every day. Escaping into a climate controlled building can protect us from criteria air pollutants, but puts us at risk for a much more dangerous gas. Like it’s cousin carbon monoxide, radon is also a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas. What sets radon apart lies Continue Reading
In the last post, we introduced the six criteria air pollutants. In this installment, we delve deeper into their malicious nature, and the damage they can do to life and property.
Have you noticed some days there seems to be a “haze” in the air? Does it seem harder to breathe on those days? Ever wondered what exactly you inhale into your lungs with each breath? This series on criteria air pollutants intends to provide these answers. Here, the bios and roles played by each will Continue Reading
Despite the importance, understanding the US government agencies related to public health challenges all that attempt it. It turns into alphabet soup rather quickly. Hopefully, we can shed some light on the topic, and clear up any confusion. For efficiency, the federal government partitions itself into multiple departments arranged in a hierarchy.