Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Mar 3, 2015 - Nature - 304 pages
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When you order a meal in a restaurant, you won't find malathion, kelthane or arsenic listed on the menu as an ingredient of your entrée, but these and scores of other pesticides and dangerous chemicals are in the food we eat. They are dumped into the environment where they seep into our water supply and float in the air we breathe. The use of these poisons is approved-or in some cases, simply ignored--by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Poison Spring documents, in devastating detail, the EPA's corruption and misuse of science and public trust. In its half-century of existence, the agency has repeatedly reinforced the chemical-industrial complex by endorsing deadly chemicals, botching field investigations, turning a blind eye to toxic disasters, and swallowing the self-serving claims of industry. E. G. Vallianatos, who saw the EPA from the inside for more than two decades with rising dismay, reveals in Poison Spring how the agency has allowed our lands and waters to be poisoned with more toxic chemicals than ever. No one who cares for the natural world, or for the health of future generations, can ignore this powerful exposé.

 

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User Review  - VGAHarris - LibraryThing

The author is an ex-EPA employee who reveals how the agency serves its masters in the chemical industry and Congress to imperil America's health and environment. Informative but very technical discussion of toxic chemicals that do not meet safety standards. Read full review

POISON SPRING: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

"We spend our lives living in a chemical soup," writes Vallianatos (This Land Is Their Land: How Corporate Farms Threaten the World, 2006, etc.), who was a risk evaluator for the Environment ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter
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Chapter 2
23
Chapter 3
45
Chapter 4
73
Chapter 5
85
Chapter 6
103
Chapter 8
141
Chapter 9
151
Chapter 10
163
Chapter 11
177
Chapter 12
189
Chapter 13
201
Conclusion
221
Acknowledgments
237
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E.G. Vallianatos is the author of five books, including Harvest of Devastation and This Land is their Land , as well as over a hundred articles, including recent pieces in Alternet and Truth-Out.org. He worked in risk evaluation at the EPA for twenty-five years, and now lives in Claremont, California. McKay Jenkins has been writing about humans and the natural world for just as long. His most recent book is What's Gotten Into Us: Staying Healthy in a Toxic World , was hailed as a Silent Spring for the human body" ( - Richard Preston, author of The Hot Zone). Jenkins is the Cornelius Tilghman Professor of English, Journalism and Environmental Humanities at the University of Delaware, where he has won the Excellence in Teaching Award.

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