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EPA Administrator Claims Regulating Drinking Water Supply Prevents Kids from Getting Autism
CNSNews ^ | February 3, 2011 | Penny Starr

Posted on 02/03/2011 9:43:42 AM PST by jazusamo

Lisa Jackson

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson said at a Senate hearing on Wednesday that Americans have a 'right' to know if their drinking water is safe. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(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 president’s 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.

VIDEO 4:53 minutes

“Our science may be good, but I don’t know how you price the ability to try to forestall a child who may not get autism if they’re 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.”

Mike Johanns

Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) is a new member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works but he expressed his reservations at the hearing about the need for more regulations of the U.S. water supply. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

Obama’s 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

John Barrasso

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said at the hearing that the regulations being issued by the EPA are 'job crushing.' (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

“I have not seen that in drinking water, but I’m 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 EPA’s 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.

 



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: autism; drinkingwater; epa; lisajackson
Lisa Jackson is another Democrat/leftist Obama appointee saying it's for the children because they don't know that science will back up their proposals.
1 posted on 02/03/2011 9:43:47 AM PST by jazusamo
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To: steelyourfaith

Another piece on drinking water.


2 posted on 02/03/2011 9:44:37 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

If this were true, then there would be higher than normal rates of autism within suspect water system districts. Did anyone even suggest this or offer data showing incidents of autism spiked in certain areas? Didn’t think so.


3 posted on 02/03/2011 9:47:44 AM PST by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: jazusamo

We have no clue as to what causes autism. First it was vaccines - now that has been proven to be a bogus hoax. Now it’s “something in the water”, but no one can show what that “something” is. Now that’s what I call science - NOT!


4 posted on 02/03/2011 9:48:18 AM PST by reg45
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To: jazusamo

Lisa Jackson needs to be sent packing without pay.


5 posted on 02/03/2011 9:49:17 AM PST by JPG (Work for conservative change like your country depended on it.)
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To: jazusamo

Everyone wants good drinking water and as a bonus lies.


6 posted on 02/03/2011 9:49:27 AM PST by boomop1
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To: jazusamo

I saw a little blurb about this on the local news show last night and I could not believe how many times this dimwit EPA person said “may” and “could” and “might”. Sheesh. She had no clue about anything and sounded like she was making it up as she went along.

Abolish the EPA and let states and local municipalities monitor their own drinking water.


7 posted on 02/03/2011 9:49:56 AM PST by copaliscrossing (Progressives are Socialists)
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To: Hoodat

It sure doesn’t look like it and the level of chemicals given to animals could only be found is some water in China.


8 posted on 02/03/2011 9:50:34 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: JPG
Lisa Jackson needs to be sent packing without pay.

The sooner the better.

9 posted on 02/03/2011 9:51:48 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: copaliscrossing

I looks like they’re applying Pelosi logic to this: “We have to pass it to find out what’s in it.”


10 posted on 02/03/2011 9:55:36 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
“And I think language in that order is about those things where we can be protective for a reasonable amount of money,”

What's wrong with that?

[...] they don't know that science will back up their proposals.

Of course. Chromium-VI, for example, is less toxic to some animals than Chromium-III, yet for us it's by far the opposite. They don't know--more study is needed and it might very likely not go their way.

Frankly, though, the real problem that needs to be addressed is multi-contaminant risks, with effects from levels that are individually below regulatory limits. My guess is that trace contamination in the general environment is a far greater hazard than Cr(VI) or ClO4- in the drinking water, but that's not a professional opinion.

11 posted on 02/03/2011 9:57:40 AM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: jazusamo

Yes, the following is anecdotal...but interesting....

A friend of ours has grandchildren - twins - one boy, one girl.

The girl is fine, the boy has autism - the kind which means he will unlikely be able to ever have a job....

So....hmmmm....water?


12 posted on 02/03/2011 10:01:28 AM PST by goodnesswins (Socialism is organized stupidity. 2nd thought...I think DEMOCRATS are Organized Stupidity.)
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To: boomop1

In days of old Monks made beer because the water was bad many people drank beer and didn’t get sick,I like how monks think.


13 posted on 02/03/2011 10:02:41 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: reg45

lack of access to affordable tin foil hats...again, the fault of republicans.


14 posted on 02/03/2011 10:02:59 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Gondring

Agreed. If we have a real problem it has to be addressed and the science has to be done.

They want to cram this down all the states throats without the science is what it looks like to me.


15 posted on 02/03/2011 10:05:09 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
“Our science may be good, but I don’t know how you price the ability to try to forestall a child who may not get autism if they’re not exposed to contaminated water,” Jackson said.

It isn't every day you see that many qualifiers and subjunctives in a single sentence.

16 posted on 02/03/2011 10:05:28 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (BYOST -- bring your own sark tag. Thank you.)
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To: Vaduz
In days of old Monks made beer because the water was bad many people drank beer and didn’t get sick,I like how monks think.

It's liquid bread. And, if you believe Ben Franklin, it's also proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

Unlike over reaching, overzealous Democrats.

17 posted on 02/03/2011 10:07:03 AM PST by Miss_Meyet (Every dog has its day. Some days are longer than others.)
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To: Hoodat
Did anyone even suggest this or offer data showing incidents of autism spiked in certain areas?

Yes. That has been done for more than a decade...articles like this and this provide information on it.

Of course, epidemiology and risk assessment can be difficult. You can't just say "a certain area" because there can be multiple factors involved, and teasing them all out is an immense effort. It's easy to come up with hypothetical examples, such as...

...let's say a chemical causes problems in children who also are deficient in Vitamin D. The problem might show up in one town, but another town down south might show no spike. Perhaps they then think it's just the vitamin D...until they find that there's no spike in another northern town. Or there is, because of air pollution. Or...

18 posted on 02/03/2011 10:08:22 AM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: jazusamo
“Have you found any drinking water, anywhere in the United States, that has hit those levels?” Johanns asked.

What a concept! Asking good questions during a hearing.

19 posted on 02/03/2011 10:11:17 AM PST by Miss_Meyet (Every dog has its day. Some days are longer than others.)
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To: jazusamo

20 posted on 02/03/2011 10:11:50 AM PST by Mike Darancette (The heresy of heresies was common sense - Orwell)
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To: jazusamo

AUUGGHH! Obama needs to take over the water supply to keep our children safe!


21 posted on 02/03/2011 10:14:48 AM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: Miss_Meyet

Dontcha just love it? Sen. Mike Johanns is not only a Republican but a freshman, he must have really ticked them off. LOL!


22 posted on 02/03/2011 10:15:31 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Mike Darancette

Loved that movie and Ripper! :-)


23 posted on 02/03/2011 10:16:56 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

What will help the Kids most is a removal of the Illegal EPA.


24 posted on 02/03/2011 10:20:28 AM PST by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: jazusamo
Just think how much power the federal government could consolidate if it controlled all drinking water and who got to have it.
25 posted on 02/03/2011 10:20:42 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: jazusamo

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.


26 posted on 02/03/2011 10:24:03 AM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: jazusamo

“Do you know what’s next, Mandrake? Ice cream! Yes, children’s ice cream!”


27 posted on 02/03/2011 10:24:49 AM PST by Radagast the Fool ("Mexico-Beirut with tacos!"--Dr. Zoidberg)
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To: jazusamo

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.


28 posted on 02/03/2011 10:31:23 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Miss_Meyet

God loves us and wants us to be happy.Amen God is good democrats not.


29 posted on 02/03/2011 10:37:26 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: jazusamo

Yes, I do love it!


30 posted on 02/03/2011 10:45:37 AM PST by Miss_Meyet (Every dog has its day. Some days are longer than others.)
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To: Vaduz
God loves us and wants us to be happy.Amen God is good democrats not.

Sort of reminds me of Ann Coulter's line:
"There are a lot of bad Republicans; there are no good Democrats."

31 posted on 02/03/2011 10:48:22 AM PST by Miss_Meyet (Every dog has its day. Some days are longer than others.)
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To: jazusamo

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);”


32 posted on 02/03/2011 10:57:23 AM PST by businessprofessor
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To: jazusamo
since both lead and mercury can cause brain damage, I agree.

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.

LINK

"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 city’s drinking water. Edwards’ findings contradict statements made by D.C. health officials. Since 2004, D.C. health officials have acknowledged that the city’s drinking water contained unsafe lead levels. However, they have regularly stated that they have found no evidence of negative health effects on the general public’s health."

33 posted on 02/03/2011 2:32:42 PM PST by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: jazusamo; Fiddlstix; Fractal Trader; FrPR; enough_idiocy; meyer; Normandy; Whenifhow; ...
Thanx jazusamo !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

34 posted on 02/03/2011 2:39:32 PM PST by steelyourfaith (ObamaCare Death Panels: a Final Solution to the looming Social Security crisis ?)
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To: LadyDoc

Agreed. It’s the levels of pollutants that are important.


35 posted on 02/03/2011 2:50:43 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Miss_Meyet

Will remember that line Ann’s a true thinker.


36 posted on 02/04/2011 7:56:30 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Vaduz
Will remember that line Ann’s a true thinker.

Hey! It fits in the Tagline area!

37 posted on 02/04/2011 8:03:59 AM PST by Miss_Meyet (There are a lot of bad Republicans; there are no good Democrats~ Ann Coulter)
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