Who’s really in charge at EPA?

Easy enough to answer: Obama

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Who’s really in charge at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency?

Administrator Gina McCarthy says “we want to be as transparent as we can.”

If that’s so, why did nearly a week go by after the massive chemical spill in West Virginia before anyone with EPA would speak, even briefly, with a reporter for the Charleston Gazette? With the water supply of 300,000 worried people contaminated, why did it take days longer for follow-up information to be supplied?

Sadly, such communication delays by EPA are not limited to crises. Journalists frequently report waiting for days and in some cases weeks to get EPA to respond to routine requests for information or interviews.

EPA’s mission is to protect public health and the environment. The agency’s website says it must ensure that “all parts of society … have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks.”

But as we saw in West Virginia, officials with answers are not available when it counts. Who’s really in charge at EPA?

How can the public get the information it needs when the agency doesn’t respond in a timely way to journalists’ questions about what EPA knows or is doing?



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