Skip to comments.EPA Administrator Claims Regulating Drinking Water Supply Prevents Kids from Getting Autism
Posted on 02/03/2011 9:43:42 AM PST by jazusamo
(CNSNews.com) Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson told a Senate panel that preventing children from being exposed to contaminated water could spare them from autism.
Jackson made the remark on Wednesday at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works in response to questioning by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), who asked if a recent executive order by President Barack Obama about regulations and the regulatory process means that the EPA can put any rules in place if the benefits outweigh the costs.
I think the presidents far-reaching executive order makes clear that there are some things that are hard to price, Jackson said at the hearing on U.S. drinking water and new regulations the EPA may put in place on contaminants.
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Our science may be good, but I dont know how you price the ability to try to forestall a child who may not get autism if theyre not exposed to contaminated water, Jackson said.
And I think language in that order is about those things where we can be protective for a reasonable amount of money, Jackson said, to make sure our children and future generations are not guinea pigs.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, autism is a disease that causes abnormal biology and chemistry in the brain and that the exact causes of these abnormalities remain unknown.
Obamas Jan. 18 executive order said, in part, that each federal agency shall propose or adopt a regulation only upon a reasoned determination that its benefits justify its costs (recognizing that some benefits and costs are difficult to quantify);
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the committee, said at the hearing that aside from its mission to protect human health and the environment, the EPA also is charged with making the final decision on whether to develop safeguards for new threats to drinking water quality such as chromium 6 and perchlorate, two toxins that at high levels can could cause health problems.
But some Republicans on the committee were skeptical of the need for more regulations, including newcomer to the committee Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), who asked the second witness on the first panel, Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program, about whether the animals studies done on chromium 6 reflect what is happening in the U.S. water supply.
The levels to which the animals were exposed in drinking water have been seen in human populations, not in this country, for example, but in China where levels of the same concentration have been used, Birnbaum said.
Have you found any drinking water, anywhere in the United States, that has hit those levels? Johanns asked
I have not seen that in drinking water, but Im not an expert in all the drinking waters that have been measured, and as Administration Jackson has been saying, they have been doing a major study now to try and understand the extent of contamination of drinking water by chromium 6, Birnbaum said.
Barrasso, who is an orthopedic surgeon, said reigning in EPAs regulatory power is important to the physical and fiscal health of the country.
There have been an onslaught of job-crushing regulations emerging from the Environmental Protection Agency over the last two years, Barrasso said in his opening remarks at the hearing. Unemployment in this country is 9.4 percent. Regulations coming out of the EPA are devastating to the American economy.
Jackson said at the hearing that Americans have a right to know and to be assured that their drinking water is safe.
Clean and safe water is the foundation of healthy communities, healthy families, and healthy economies, Jackson said.
AUUGGHH! Obama needs to take over the water supply to keep our children safe!
Dontcha just love it? Sen. Mike Johanns is not only a Republican but a freshman, he must have really ticked them off. LOL!
Loved that movie and Ripper! :-)
What will help the Kids most is a removal of the Illegal EPA.
Another fine product of our liberal education system. How the hell do these people get to such a position of authority? Oh wait, I just answered my own question. By other products of our libeal education system.
“Do you know what’s next, Mandrake? Ice cream! Yes, children’s ice cream!”
I always swore that this planet contained no more accomplished liar than William Jefferson Clinton. But this Lisa Jackson chick sure looks like she would give him a run for his money.
God loves us and wants us to be happy.Amen God is good democrats not.
Yes, I do love it!
Sort of reminds me of Ann Coulter's line:
"There are a lot of bad Republicans; there are no good Democrats."
The executive order allows the EPA to disregard science and compliance costs. Any regulation can be justified by asserting that costs and/or benefits are difficult to quantify.
“propose or adopt a regulation only upon a reasoned determination that its benefits justify its costs (recognizing that some benefits and costs are difficult to quantify);”
The problem is that they "regulate" in tiny details, requiring reams and reams of paperwork to assure tiny amounts are not in the water, while ignoring things like the major problem with lead contaminating the water supply of Washington DC.
"Dr. Marc Edwards first noticed unsafe lead levels in Washington, D.C.s drinking water in 2003. His study reveals that D.C.s drinking water contained elevated lead levels from 2001 to 2003. WASA began disinfecting Washington D.C.s drinking water with chloramine instead of chlorine in November 2000. The switch in disinfectant triggered the increase in the lead level of the citys drinking water. Edwards findings contradict statements made by D.C. health officials. Since 2004, D.C. health officials have acknowledged that the citys drinking water contained unsafe lead levels. However, they have regularly stated that they have found no evidence of negative health effects on the general publics health."
Agreed. It’s the levels of pollutants that are important.
Will remember that line Ann’s a true thinker.
Hey! It fits in the Tagline area!
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