How America looked like before the EPA cleaned it up

This is what America looked like before the EPA cleaned it up…It wasn’t pretty

Outflow Pipe from the Oxford Paper Company into Androscoggin River

❝ In 1970, Republican President Richard Nixon signed an executive order creating the United States Environmental Protection Agency. It was a time when pollution made many of our nation’s rivers and streams unsafe for fishing or swimming. Back then, New York City’s air pollution was so thick that you often couldn’t see the city’s iconic bridges. Forty-seven years later, there is serious talk of dismantling the agency, or at least slashing its size by two-thirds.

A present from populist America. Racism and bigotry wasn’t enough.

❝ But what does America look like without the EPA?

❝ From 1971 to 1977 the nascent agency, in an act of prescience, enlisted the services of freelance photographers to help us remember. These photographers captured images of America’s environmental problems before we’d cleaned them up. In 2011, the US National Archives digitized more than 15,000 pictures from the series “Documerica”. Here are some of the most compelling.

…Please read our series on the EPA past and present. It begins here.

Or you could work at putting Trump and his chumps in charge for several years. They will bring all this poison back into our lives.

6 thoughts on “How America looked like before the EPA cleaned it up

  1. Back2future says:

    President Trump signed an executive order today aimed at dismantling the federal government’s authority to limit pollution in major bodies of water as well as in streams and wetlands that drain into them. The rule, also known as Waters of the United States, is currently on hold, blocked by the Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit due to litigation against it. Since the rule is already on hold Trump’s order directs the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to consider ‘changing’ it. Trump promised on the campaign trail to repeal the regulation. The White House has not released the text of the order.

  2. Usual suspect says:

    US streams carry surprisingly extensive mixture of pollutants (American Chemical Society)
    Many U.S. waterways carry a variety of pollutants, but not much is known about the composition or health effects of these chemical combinations. A new in-depth study, however, is providing insight as it shows the mixtures are more complex than expected and contain compounds that could potentially harm aquatic species. They say the findings, reported this week in Environmental Science & Technology, could have implications for human health.
    In previous work that built on European research, scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) tested streams across the U.S. for organic, or carbon-containing, contaminants. They found some evidence that these waterways contained complex blends of these pollutants. Paul M. Bradley and colleagues are now releasing results from a much broader follow-up study conducted by the USGS and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The researchers involved in this new investigation checked water samples from 38 streams for 719 organic chemicals. More than half of these compounds showed up in the water samples. Every stream — even those in undeveloped and uninhabited regions — carried at least one of the organic contaminants, and some carried as many as 162.
    “Republicans set their sights on the EPA’s science : The federal agency that regulates our environment may soon have less data to work with.”
    “This Insane Texas Tire Fire Shows Why The EPA Is Essential To America”

  3. Igzibit says:

    “A waterway bounces back following the passage of the Clean Water Act” (American Institute of Biological Sciences) “Although the aims of environmental legislation are well known, measuring the effects of regulation is often a difficult task. Inadequate data for baseline conditions and the recovery period can hamper efforts to quantify the effects of regulation. In a rare exceptional case, Dr. Daniel Gibson-Reinemer and his colleagues describe in BioScience the successful recovery of the Illinois Waterway following the implementation of the 1972 Clean Water Act.”

  4. Update says:

    “New report looks at water quality 50 years after the Clean Water Act passed”
    “Half a century after the Clean Water Act became law, the United States is still far from the goal of having all of its waters clean enough that people can fish and swim in them.
    A new report released by the Environmental Integrity Project found that half of the rivers and streams and more than half of the lakes in the United States that have been assessed are polluted to the point that they are considered impaired.
    When the Clean Water Act was passed, the goal was to have the nation’s waters clean enough for fishing and swimming by 1983.”
    The Environmental Integrity Project (3/17/22): “The Clean Water Act at 50: Promises Half Kept at the Half Century Mark.”

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