My Response to EPA's Regulatory Reform Request for Comment

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Dear Director Pruitt and EPA Regulatory Reform Initiative:

The Environmental Protection Agency draws its mission from a range of federal laws, including the National Environmental Protection Act; Clean Air Act; Clean Water Act; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act; Toxic Substances Control Act; Safe Drinking Water Act; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act; Endangered Species Act; Oil Pollution Act; Hazardous Materials Transportation Act; and many other laws and amendments to laws that have been passed by the people in Congress that represent me and all the other people in the United States.  The Administrative Procedure Act, passed after World War II, governs the way that federal agencies implement laws and develop the detailed regulations that allow us to translate Congressional intent into everyday activities.

In over 30 years of working with these environmental laws, I’ve participated in Congressional fact finding activities, prepared extensive comments in response to requests for public comment, and worked directly with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through industry groups and citizen groups to solve technical and scientific problems raised during the course of developing and implementing our nation’s environmental programs.

How can any one person or company or industry possibly provide USEPA with direction and guidance on improving its regulatory program and eliminating overlapping or redundant regulatory programs in the space of one email?  One of the biggest lessons we’ve had to learn during the past 100 years is that managing environmental impacts from one set of sources often leads to problems in another area.  Removing pollutants from one environmental media can lead industry to start contaminating another media.

We have made tremendous progress toward not only protecting our environment but in remediating and undoing many decades of damage brought about by industrial activities that treated the environment as a free dumping ground for its byproducts.  Let’s not undo that progress by jumping into a repeal process that is not planned, does not allow for adequate participation, understanding, and analysis by stakeholders, and returns to an outdated concept of externalizing the costs and health impacts associated with environmental degradation.

Sincerely,

Martha M. Walters
American Citizen
Quincy, California  95971

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has requested input on its Regulatory Reform project through May 15, 2017.  Please add your voice to balance those who want to roll back decades of environmental protection.

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