How Well Does the EPA Protect?

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Just one example of a potential environmental threat that the EPA has missed for decades: antibiotics from hand soap get concentrated during sewage treatment and then are present in fertilizers, so they may be killing soil microbes. How many years have antibiotic hand soaps been ubiquitous in the US? Doesn’t “protection” imply some sort of preventative action, or at least swift reaction?

My point is not that this would have been prevented if water and sewage were private industries, but rather that it is absurd to think that the EPA can actually protect the environment.

9:30 pm on January 23, 2009