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Poisoning the well

by Abrahm Lustgarten, Dec. 11, 2012 Federal officials have given energy and mining companies permission to pollute aquifers in more than 1,500 places across the country, releasing toxic material into underground reservoirs that help supply more than half of the nation’s drinking water. In many cases, the Environmental Protection Agency has granted these so-called aquifer […]


The EPA and regulation: Your comments

What’s the best way for the EPA to more effectively regulate the use of toxic chemicals? Our readers argue in favor of earlier chemical testing, changes in tax policy and state-level regulation. Join the discussion.


Need to Know, September 30, 2011: Chemical pollution and the EPA

We visit a small town in upstate New York that has been plagued by chemical pollution and disease, and FreedomWorks’ Matt Kibbe discusses the EPA. Ray Suarez hosts.


  In Perspective: Jon Meacham on America’s regulatory history

Jon Meacham examines the effect that programs initiated by Nixon, FDR and LBJ continue to have on Americans, despite unawareness of the role government plays in our everyday lives.

  Is the EPA regulating too much?

Matt Kibbe of FreedomWorks argues that the EPA rushes to regulation, imposing high costs on the economy with few gains for environmental quality.


  Toxic law? Chemical pollution and the EPA

Need to Know takes a look at a small town plagued by chemical pollution and disease, and the regulatory system some say has failed its residents.


  Christine Todd Whitman on states dealing with shrinking budgets

Need to Know host Scott Simon talks to former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman about the difficult choices states are facing in a tough economic climate.


  Climate change at the doorstep in Norfolk

Norfolk, Va. is already experiencing the effects of sea level rise. A report on how the city is dealing with a problem that may soon be on all our doorsteps.


EPA does energy

The EPA can boast of some impressive accomplishments in its first 40 years, but Robert Fri argues that, as a major player in energy policy, the agency must evolve.

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