Environmental Protection Agency Actions to Stimulate Use of Biotechnology for Pollution Control and Cleanup
In the period 1982 to 1983, when Rita Lavelle and Anne Gorsuch were in charge, the EPA lost a lot of credibility. We may never regain the credibility that everybody believed we had in 1970 when the Agency started. I think one of the reasons that we had that credibility in the early years, as Bill Ruckelshaus noted, was that the problem was a lot simpler back then. Everybody knew what they wanted the EPA to do: clean up the worst air and water problems. The EPA had a single identity and problems that it could do something about, and people could see the results. It could be done in a way that was overburdened cost-wise, yet no terrible uproar was heard over the economic side of things during that period.
KeywordsHazardous Waste Innovative Technology Intergeneric Transfer Superfund Site Waste Minimization
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