America's Most Wanted - The EPA

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The EPA - Environmental Protection Agency - is one of the top, if not number one - job killers, rgulation pushing, and taxation agencies in our country. It way surpasses Congress in authority.

The EPA is the one that shut down all but a few small incandescent light bulb manufacturers and sent the rest out of the country to make those ridiculous and hazardous CFLs. They killed private sector US jobs. They have stopped the sale and phase out of all incandescent bulbs except for 3-ways. They are dictating what we, in a supposedly free market economy, can use.

The EPA is the one who severely overstepped what Congress gave them the authority to do in 1992 with respect to preventing airborne lead poisoning among susceptable people. Based on 100,000 individuals (and there could considerably more than this) @ $300 for a 5-year license, not counting qualifying companies, the EPA has generated in excess of $30 million for doing nothing but requiring that any contractor dealing with nearly all 1977 or earlier homes that might disturb 6 square feet of interior space (wallboard, plaster, cainets, molding, windows, doors, flooring, etc) be registered. It's 20 square feet for the exterior. Then there's the fines of up to $32,500 per day they can levy on top of this.

This is not just a contractor issue. Anyone remodeling their homes can expect to incur several hundred dollars to cover the compliance, and if a registered contractor is not used and a homeowner is turned in by their neighbor, they are subject to the fines also.

The EPA is attempting to tax, regulate, and manipulate energy use and pricing (coal, gas, oil, wind, solar, nuclear) as a backdoor cap and trade - a House passed measure but a Senate stalled one that doen't exist as law.

The EPA needs to be put on an extreme diet. It is excessively obese on power and our tax dollars and fees and only getting bigger.

 

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© Steve Hoffacker, 2012. All Rights Reserved.

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Rainmaker
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Satar Naghshineh
Satar - Amiri Property and Financial Services Corp. - Irvine, CA

Kate, upholding property rights is the solution to pollution, not a federally created bureaucracy.

July 02, 2012 11:07 AM #5
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Than Maynard
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There she goes excusing a poorly run, poorly functioning agency, because THE GOVERNMENT knows better than the ignorant masses.

July 02, 2012 01:26 PM #6
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Satar,

Yes, the free market controls itself, given the chance. :)

Steve

July 02, 2012 01:26 PM #7
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Than,

They have an $8.6 billion budget we could put to better use - not to mention all of the money they amass in fees and fines. :)

Steve

July 02, 2012 01:47 PM #8
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Dale Terry
Yadkinville, NC

The EPA has turned its attention to political agendas.  No one would be against a logical plan to make our country safe from pollutants.  But the EPA cares little about constitutional rights and has unlimited power.  It's time has come and gone, we can replace it with a better one, one that doesn't polute like it does.

July 02, 2012 01:54 PM #9
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Dale,

I'm thinking we don't need this agency or any like it at all. :)

Steve

July 02, 2012 03:02 PM #10
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Karl Hess
Keller Williams Ocean County - Toms River, NJ
on The Jersey Shore

Without the EPA, who would enforce Clean Air and Clean Water standards?

July 07, 2012 02:55 PM #11
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Karl,

Maybe the Environmental Protection Board or Committee - a handful of people selected by Congress - if they deem we still need to do this. :)

Steve

July 07, 2012 03:50 PM #12
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Jay Markanich
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Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

One size seldom fits all.  Why not have each state do its own thing?  That way they can promote standards that fit the state and its needs and its unique forms of business and resources.

July 08, 2012 03:36 PM #13
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Jay,

The EPA was a knee-jerk, over-reaction to exceeses by some businesses that greed and the free market failed to hold in check. More government is seldom the answer. With social media being what it is, I doubt that a business could get by with open pollution today - another reason for killing the EPA. :)

Steve

July 08, 2012 04:18 PM #14
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Karl Hess
Keller Williams Ocean County - Toms River, NJ
on The Jersey Shore

Really? So if someone pollutes the Mississippi River in Minnesota it will have no impact down-stream? And I'm sure there are currently no companies doing anything against the law since now we have "social media being what it is."

July 08, 2012 04:34 PM #15
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Karl,

"Against the law" is such a relative term. If it's state or local issue and someone is in violation, some consumer, whistleblower, neighbor, or investigative reporter will call them out. If it's national, it's a tougher call. Constitutionally Congress is the only one who can make laws but they have improperly ceded their authority to various agencies. :)

Steve

July 08, 2012 07:40 PM #16
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Jay Markanich
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Isn't that happening now with animal poop, fertilizers and pesticides?  Hasn't stuff flowing down rivers been happening since the dawn of time?  Gee, we're still here...  And all that top soil flowing down river and filling the alluvial fan at the gulf.  The nerve of that soil to want to do that!  There should be soil laws.

July 09, 2012 03:18 AM #17
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
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Getting rid of the NEW burnt out bulbs is DANGEROUS to humans.  I remember whem Meryl Streep went to Congress to lobby against heptaclor in the late 70s so that now many "animal" diseases are rampant because a very effective cure has been outlawed

July 09, 2012 04:36 AM #18
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Jay,

If it affect you, there ought to be a law against it. If it it affects someone else, they should just learn to live with it. Thanks. :)

Steve

July 09, 2012 06:59 AM #19
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Wallace,

Congress would do much better to act from a set of principles than making it up as they go along. :)

Steve

July 09, 2012 07:01 AM #20
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Satar Naghshineh
Satar - Amiri Property and Financial Services Corp. - Irvine, CA

To answer Karl's question, upholding property rights will correct and/or prevent this from happening. If a company pollutes the Mississippi River in Minnesota, then the people of Minnesota, the state of Minnesota AND other states affected by the pollution can then sue (take legal action) that corporation.

We do not need a Federal entity to prevent an individual or corporation from polluting.

The only logical argument is if different states have different guidelines in regards to acceptable forms of chemicals, toxins or foreign substances in land, air or water. For example, if Minnesota allows 5 parts of a million in mercury and Kentucky allows 7 parts of a million in Mercury. However, I believe those matters are best served on the state level as well.

July 11, 2012 02:17 PM #21
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Satar,

Thanks for the support and that explanation. :)

Steve

July 11, 2012 09:28 PM #22
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Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA
- Pierce, King, Kitsap, Thurston, Mason Counties

Steve -- the EPA tried to do a land grab in Eastern Washington about 15 years ago.  They wanted to claim roughly one sixth of the entire state of Washington as a "Sole Source Aquifer" from ground level to 10,000 feet below ground level.  This would have meant that if you were doing anything that would impact water (like rain) from doing what it normally does - or wanted to drill well, or pave over property -- beyond all the other regulations you would have had to have gotten approval from the EPA also.   At that time we were able to stop it, because their science/documentation was very flawed.

August 01, 2012 04:20 PM #23
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Steven,

The EPA is only concerned about their own interpretation of the environment and disregards economic issues. :)

Steve

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