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EPA’s reach goes too far

May 1, 2013

A federal appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in a case with wide-ranging ramifications....

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May-03-13 1:28 PM

drugsrus, no because that still doesn't the answer of 'who', unless the 'who' is Mother Nature, which is the safe answer of course.

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May-03-13 12:08 PM

wow swizzer, foot in your mouth again ???

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May-02-13 1:03 PM

The Cayudutta Creek cleaned itself after discharging was prohibited. Each tannery was required to pre-treat all waste that was discharged to the plant. Each tannery paid dearly for the permits, the flow and violations. The dumps were a different story along with each abandoned tannery s they were Superfund sites which had a lot of litigation. The only thing I was responding to was the creek that was brought up by Dave Gibson. As far as where I got that from I was there.

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May-02-13 12:54 PM

Pards13, the tanneries absolutely did not pay for any clean-up at all. I'm unclear as to where you got this information from.

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May-02-13 8:34 AM

pards pretty sure most of the tanneries were long gone before the cleanup..They took their money and closed..The superfund site was paid for by the taxpayers..

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May-02-13 7:58 AM

Unelected bureaucrats with so much unchecked power in America? Thanks a lot for the EPA Nixon. The saying in 1972 was 'Dick Nixon before he Dicks you'....we were not in time.

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May-02-13 7:16 AM

The EPA as well as NYS's own entity DEC actually hinder cleanup at times with their stiff penalties and fines. I KNOW or areas that could be cleaned up in Fulton county but the people involved fear losing everything they have to clean up something that they might not even had anything to do with creating. If they could relax those restrictions and penalties we may get the good guys a chance to get their properties cleaned up.

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May-01-13 7:52 PM

The same can be said at the state level about the APA. It was given constitutional authority and the only way to contain it is with a constitutional amendment. This will never happen with NYC members of the legislature having a controlling majority.

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May-01-13 6:22 PM

Dave Gibson, the joint Gloversville -Johnstown was talked about being built starting way back to 1947 and the political people did only talk about it until an employee of the old Gloversville sewer plant was killed on his job at that plant in Feb.1960 and suddenly by 1964 the new plant was ready to open. And the EPA had very little to do with getting that new plant built. If they were doing as good of job they would nad could have forced the city of Gloversville to train its employees about the dangers of that plant and pushed the city to get and install safty equipment that just may have saved that man from being killed there.

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May-01-13 4:06 PM

Oh by the way it was the tanneries that polluted the creek not the glove shops and it was the tanneries that paid a large portion of the cleanup until they went out of business.

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May-01-13 4:01 PM

I'm all for keeping our environment clean. However if you are going to shut down a project that already has the appropriate permits (and jobs) you should at least give a reason beside that we can do it and there is nothing you can do. There should be some accountability.

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May-01-13 3:24 PM

Having grown up next to a chemical plant, who at one time discharged deadly chemicals directly into the Hudson River just upstream from a community's drinking water and deadly chemicals next to it's school, I fully support the EPA. I'd rather have too much regulation than too little.

It's my understanding that the Cayudutta Creek used to be extremely polluted with heavy metals from glove factories. Did they just clean up themselves? Would the Gloversville-Johnstown Sewage Treatment Plant have been built without EPA regulations? I think we all know the answer to that.

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May-01-13 1:15 PM

The EPA has been given too much leeway and is going to hinder the USA in many ways. We have got to get the EPA under our control as right now the agency controls us unfairly. I am in no way saying that they do not have environmental issues at heart but their at any cost attitude we are all losers. It is like a dictatorship as it is run now.

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May-01-13 1:15 PM

The EPA is an organization that has become far to powerful. Funding for that agency should be cut dramatically along with curbing their powers.

Imagine allowing the APA to come in and tell you cannot build your home after you have already been given permission to do so.

We need to shut a lot of these "enviro" agencies down, they represent a tiny minority of people and not the majority.

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May-01-13 12:47 PM

In my opinion the EPA is destroying our country because they really have no idea what they are doing. Just about everytime some company wants to build new or expand it is more often than not the EPA that stops the project because the EPA has to study it and they take for ever. Who are they saving the environment for because the way they are headed none of us will live through thier foolishness.

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