To the editor:



After reading another letter from Jane Carey (March 13, “Dangerous EPA has too much power”), I thought how sad it must be to always be so angry. This particular rant is directed at the Environmental Protection Agency. She is angry with its “stupid regulations” and attributes to that the destruction of our country, although she goes on to state that “Obama has already destroyed our country by all the dumb things he does.” So, which is it, Obama or the EPA?

To the editor:

After reading another letter from Jane Carey (March 13, “Dangerous EPA has too much power”), I thought how sad it must be to always be so angry. This particular rant is directed at the Environmental Protection Agency. She is angry with its “stupid regulations” and attributes to that the destruction of our country, although she goes on to state that “Obama has already destroyed our country by all the dumb things he does.” So, which is it, Obama or the EPA?

I am not a shill for the EPA, but I can answer one of her simple questions. “Who gave it (the EPA) so much authority?” Well, Jane, the EPA came into existence during the Nixon years, in 1970. Congress felt it was necessary to protect human health and the environment. At the time, there were four major air-quality laws, three water-quality laws, four land-protection laws, three endangered-species laws, and three hazardous waste laws, but enforcement was spread among various agencies without comprehensive coordination, so the EPA was born.

I was 25 years old when the EPA came into existence, so I know what it was like before and after. I remember growing up on the south side of St. Louis, playing down by the Mississippi River and watching raw sewage being dumped into the river at the foot of Arsenal, the dead vegetation near the Monsanto chemical plant, the dumping ground called the Meremac River, the coal strip mining in southern Illinois that left the land scared and lifeless, the black soot that settled on everything on calm summer days, etc. I remember what it was like before, and I’ll take now.