The GAO just released a study that found states either misreport or inaccurately report data so the EPA’s ability to identify serious water problems is compromised.
Here are a few highlights:
- A 2007 audit of 14 states found 543 health-based drinking water violations.
- A 2009 audit of 14 states found 778 health-based drinking water violations.
- House Republicans have just proposed to cut $134 million dollars from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program. (The want to cut billions from the EPA funding.)
- EPA has not made a determination to regulate any new drinking water contaminants, with one recent exception, since 1996…blame Bush…
This could never happen in Texas.
This morning I drove to the Haynesville Shale area to attend a community meeting with the EPA about water contamination. (More on that is coming in another post.) On the way there, I listened to some Libertarian guy on NPR talking about how we need less regulation so the free market… Thankfully I lost the signal before my head exploded. I did try to dial in but the line was busy.
I’m saving up for a reverse osmosis unit. I don’t know what fixes the radiation. I guess I’ll glow green. It’s a good color for me.