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The Definition of Waste

Here in Washington we are accustomed to government waste. It is part of our proud culture. But when it comes to the EPA, it is particularly troubling to see scarce resources used on collateral or trivial matters. EPA observers have been clucking about a recent memorandum from the EPA enforcement office. (No, that’s wrong, it is no longer “enforcement,” but rather “compliance assistance.”) In the memo, the Assistant Administrator for Compliance Assistance found it essential to advise his headquarters and regional staff that, yes, it remains the EPA’s policy to take enforcement action to address violations of law. (Which reminds me of a recent Doonesbury cartoon lampooning the Bush administration’s environmental policies showing a high-level White House meeting. The president received reports on how the administration was serving special interests in the area of natural resources. Staff reviewed the rollbacks on restrictions on logging and mining in national forests, destruction…Log In to Read Full Article

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