Issue 112 – EPA Swat Team, Something You Never Want
Introduction…I’m not making a political statement with the photo of the EPA swat team. But, clearly, this is something you never want to show up at your place of business.
Regulators muscle…It seems that most federal regulators and agencies have their muscle to enforce regulations and/or intimidate citizens. I’ve had IRS agents with guns and badges show up at my office. Fortunately, they were investigating someone else. A friend had the EPA shut down his business for 40 days. Only to decide he wasted causing pollution, but removing it. At the end, the EPA was happy to leave after he paid a $35,000 fine to pay for their time.
Changes at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)…The EPA is making room for energy company representatives on its Science Advisory Board and the EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Board.
The industry has always had a voice on these panels, now potential new appointees may suggest greater influence by the regulated companies, oil and gas industry specifically.
These panels in the past were typically populated by independent academics and researchers. However, that does not mean they don’t bring an agenda to these panels.
The list of potential new advisory board members includes officials from Exxon Mobil, Phillips 66, Alcoa, Nobel Energy, Total, and the American Chemical Council.
In conclusion…Whether this change in the EPA’s panels gives too much influence to the industry is yet to be seen. However, it seems to bring a few people with actual experience to a committee made up primarily of academics might bring wisdom to regulations.
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Source: Lee Fang, “How Exxon Mobil May Soon Have Greater Sway Over Science Used In EPA Policies,” The Intercept, 22 September 2017.