Over the weekend I had the opportunity to talk to a guy who does field work for the EPA. More specifically, his company works on EPA conflicts. Among the gems of his experience:
- “You know what organisms are hurt the most by an oil spill? The people who clean it up. Remember the video of those people cleaning off ducks and and little mammals after the Valdez crashed? I can’t tell you how many have come down with cancers and bizarre diseases because they were exposed to those chemicals.” All the more reason for fisherman to tell BP to ram that job down their oil-holes.
- “Yeah, about the Gowanus Canal Superfund status — they’re going to need to dredge 20 inches off the floor of that waterway. But where are they going to put all that silt? No state government is going to take it. It’ll be an Army Corps Of Engineers site and they’ll just burn it. They don’t have track any of the pollutant output, either.”
- “If you want to watchdog the Gowanus process, get a coalition together and pool all the money into one legal team to monitor the reports. Otherwise you’ll go broke just trying to keep up. We don’t even pay attention to the list of (pollutants) anymore. It’s like it grows as you read it.”