Borrowed Earth, Borrowed Time: Healing America’s Chemical by Glenn E. Schweitzer
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One part per billion: One fine grain of a toxie ehemieal in a large bathtub full of grains of clean sand. -An environmental scientist The Toxie Chemieal of the Month: Hexaehlorobenzene In 1973 I had been on the job at the EPA for less than one week when telephone calls from Louisiana started jamming the switchboard. The Govemor and his aides challenged our competence. The state legislators gave us a piece of their minds. The farmers demanded redress. " In turn, all 35 36 0 Chapter 2 slaughterhouses in the region began turning back the Louisiana cattle.
Overlaps with other laws were to be sorted out on a case-by-case basis with an emphasis on using the most cost-effective'laws to address specific problems. " Finally, the new law was to encourage efforts of the states to develop complementary regulatory programs. " Thus, the proposed law seemed to raise more issues than it resolved. A continuing series of highly publicized toxic problems around the country from 1973 to 1976 focused congressional attention on the proposed toxic substances legislation.
2 ~ Controlling 3000 Chemieals One by One One hallmark of eontemporary Ameriea is the short life span of its crises. A problem emerges suddenly, builds swiftly to crisis proportions, briefly dominates publie eonsciousness and eoneern, and then abruptly fades from view. -Wall Street Journal The number of potentially toxie substanees is enormous. The number of eommercial chemieals is 70,000 . Distressingly liule is known about the toxie effeets of many chemieals . - The Conservation Foundation One part per million: One drop of a toxie ehemieal in a barrel full of drops of pure water.