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Worried About A 'PR Nightmare,' White House and EPA Aides Worked To Block Contaminated Water Study

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  1. GrimaH Absurdist

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    Worried About A 'Public Relations Nightmare,' White House and EPA Aides Worked To Block Contaminated Water Study
    By On 5/14/18 at 4:59 PM



    Political appointees at the White House and Environmental Protection Agency worked to block the publication of a federal study that found dangerous levels of toxic chemicals in water supplies, according to a new report from Politico.

    The study was conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and showed that a specific class of toxic chemicals “has contaminated water supplies near military bases, chemical plants and other sites from New York to Michigan to West Virginia,” .


    But instead of making the results of the study public, EPA emails obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request from the Union of Concerned Scientists show political appointees tried to stop publication of the study, citing a “public relations nightmare.”

    “The public, media, and Congressional reaction to these numbers is going to be huge,” an unidentified White House aide wrote in an email forwarded at the end of January, adding, “The impact to EPA and [the Defense Department] is going to be extremely painful. We (DoD and EPA) cannot seem to get ATSDR to realize the potential public relations nightmare this is going to be.”

    The aide was referencing the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a group within HHS that conducted the study, which remain unpublished. The White House referred questions about the study to HHS, Politico reported. HHS then confirmed it has not scheduled a publication date for the study.

    The chemicals in question are known as PFOA and PFOS, which the EPA has said are “fluorinated organic chemicals” used to “make carpets, clothing, fabrics for furniture, and paper packaging.” They are also in foam used to fight fires on airfields, a practice which explains why they have been found at unsafe levels at 126 military installations, according to a .

    The new study shows the chemicals, which have been linked to low birth weights, cancer, liver damage and thyroid problems, are dangerous at lower levels than previously understood. While previous EPA guidance warned against exposure at levels above 70 parts per trillion, the new HHS report said the chemical could be harmful for infants and breastfeeding mothers at just one-sixth of that level, Politico reported.

    The chemicals were mostly phased out of production by 2015, according to an EPA report.


    After the White House aide sounded the alarm about the potential public relations consequences of releasing the study, EPA chief of staff Ryan Jackson coordinated responses between HHS, EPA and the Pentagon, Politico reported.

    Jackson told Politico the EPA was helping to “ensure that the federal government is responding in a uniform way to our local, state, and Congressional constituents and partners.”

    Jackson’s boss, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, is the target of more than 10 open investigations related to allegations he misused taxpayer funds and punished staff for raising concerns about his spending.
     
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    They actually tried to stop it, with the reason it makes them look bad?
    Have these morons become too dumb to even try to make up some bullshit reason that at least sounds plausible enough to stop the publication?

    :oldshrug
     
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    The EPA is actually working against the environment
     
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    Remember who the appointed head of the department is.
     
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    EPA, now the ENVIRONMENTAL PREDATION AGENCY
     
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    Someone who literally doesn't even believe climate change is real. :psyduck
     
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    Really though, the "run the government like a business" crowd shouldn't be surprised. This is exactly how a poorly run business would go.
     
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    Except the investors would be more upset. Trump supporters still think they’re winning
     
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    Eh, the "investors" in Government are more the people that bankroll campaigns. Covering up environmental disasters helps maintain value of their investment.

    The common person is more akin to a consumer in the business of government. Sure they can "vote with their paychecks" and go somewhere else, but there's an abnormally high amount of brand loyalty so as long as you provide them with a convenient excuse you probably won't loose too many of them.
     
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    Brand loyalists, that’s a good one.

    And yeah. I think that the have too many companies that don’t care about the longterm effects of what they’re doing. Especially the Kochs. Like they seem to be evil for the sake of evil.
     
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