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Main Title Poison spring : the secret history of pollution and the EPA /
Author Vallianatos, E. G.
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Jenkins, McKay,
Publisher Bloomsbury Press,
Year Published 2014
OCLC Number 849210827
ISBN 9781608199143; 1608199142; 9781608199266; 1608199266
Subjects Pollution--Research--United States ; Corporate power--United States ; Environmental responsibility--United States
Additional Subjects United States--Environmental Protection Agency
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJDM  TD170.93.V35 2014 Env Science Center Library/Ft Meade,MD 08/25/2014
EOAM  TD170.93.V35 2014 Region 8 Technical Library/Denver,CO 09/22/2014
ERAM  TD170.93.V35 2014 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 08/31/2015
ESAM  TD170.93.V35 2014 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 06/30/2014
Edition First U.S. edition.
Collation xviii, 284 pages ; 25 cm
Includes index. Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-272) and index.
Contents Notes
A country bathed in man-made chemicals -- The EPA nobody knows -- Pest control : a matter of merchandising -- The dioxin molecule of death -- DDT : a new principle of toxicology -- Why are the honeybees disappearing? -- Agricultural warfare -- The swamp : the big business of fraudulent science -- Whistle-blowers and what they're up against -- When will the well run dry? -- Fallout -- The hubris of the Reagan administration -- From Reagan to Bush -- The Obama administration : Yes, we can? -- Better living and a healthier natural world through small family farms. "Imagine walking into a restaurant and finding chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides, or neonicotinoid insecticides listed in the description of your entree. They may not be printed in the menu, but many are in your food. These are a few of the literally millions of pounds of approved synthetic substances dumped into the environment every day, not just in the US but around the world. They seep into our water supply, are carried thousands of miles by wind and rain from the site of application, remain potent long after they are deposited, and constitute, in the words of one scientist, "biologic death bombs with a delayed time fuse and which may prove to be, in the long run, as dangerous to the existence of mankind as the arsenal of atom bombs." All of these poisons are sanctioned--or in some cases, ignored--by the EPA. For twenty-five years E.G. Vallianatos saw the EPA from the inside, with rising dismay over how pressure from politicians and threats from huge corporations were turning it from the public's watchdog into a "polluter's protection agency." Based on his own experience, the testimony of colleagues, and hundreds of documents Vallianatos collected inside the EPA, Poison Spring reveals how the agency has continually reinforced the chemical-industrial complex. Writing with acclaimed environmental journalist McKay Jenkins, E.G. Vallianatos provides a devastating exposé of how the agency created to protect Americans and our environment has betrayed its mission. Half a century after Rachel Carson's Silent Spring awakened us to the dangers of pesticides, we are poisoning our lands and waters with more toxic chemicals than ever"--