Community Vs. Government agency that can help by reporting facts
Most of what EPA does, has a very weak backbone, regulations and enforcement by the states in air/water/radioactive materials is a sham. Radon is another entity where EPA does not have a clue on how state health agencies are chocking these programs. Delaware is one state where water testing is a joke, and air radon program is currently shelved to mislead public, air toxics program has very little accountability for risk assessment. The state health agency administrators claim "if we got out radon testing/mitigation more, it will take away message from tobacco program which means more money for the states and more money for friendly "Do Nothing" contracts in tobacco.
So in all what is EPA doing? Nothing -------the regional project managers have no authority to take any stand even when they see violations. It is time EPA made these health agencies do what they are supposed to do: promote and protect public health and safety. Politicians may be blasting EPA for their next election, I am glad someone is, it is ultimately people who pay the price. Some of us have to make enough noise to make tax dollars work for the public not for political cronies in state health departments. One familiar example is state of Delaware Public Health Division where data gets destroyed and lies are spoken everyday to cover up inability of the health agency to help fight cancer risks. They feel the numbers are lieing while Delaware has one of the highest lung cancer death rates in the country even among non-smokers.
Some of the grants that EPA so blindly hands over to the states is beyond me. It should be a cause for concern that EPA grants are used to keep health information from low socio-economic and minority communities due to administrators prejudices. If the program managers raise a voice against that, it is called an insubordination.
Sure some insubordination in this world will keep lot of bosses from disliking themselves. In short all government agencies need to be held accountable when it comes to ignoring public health problem especially one linked to environmental hazards.
Ramney Koul, Ph.D,MBA
Ex-Radon/Right-To-Know Program Manager (Delaware)