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EPA Handing Out Millions in Taxpayer Money to Study Combination of Pollution and...
CNSNews ^ | January 13, 2011 | Penny Starr

Posted on 01/13/2011 9:02:36 AM PST by jazusamo

Complete title: EPA Handing Out Millions in Taxpayer Money to Study Combination of Pollution and ‘Social Stressors’ in Poor Neighborhoods

EPA -Lisa Garcia

Lisa Garcia, associate assistant administrator of environmental justice at the EPA, said on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, that the EPA is handing out $7 million in taxpayer grants to study the combined effects of pollution and 'social stressors' on people in poor communities. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) The Environmental Protection Agency is giving scientists at several universities $7 million in grants to study how pollution, in combination with “stress” and other social factors, affects people in “poor and underserved” communities.

At a symposium in Washington on Wednesday, Lisa Garcia, associate assistant administrator of environmental justice at the EPA, said the grant-funded studies “will focus on some of the multiple stressors in communities.”  That includes examining the effects of “chemicals, anxiety, poor nutrition, age, and traffic pollutants on childhood asthma rates,” for example.

“When these stressors are combined, they can lead to a much higher risk of health issues,” the EPA said.

EPA studies generally are confined to single chemical effects, not to combinations of chemicals that people are exposed to outside the lab. And EPA studies rarely address social factors such as poverty and stress “that can play a major role,” the agency said.

The new study will look at a combination of harmful factors affecting human health in poor communities with pollution problems.  As such, the grants “really get to the heart of advancing environmental justice,” Garcia said.

Although the results of the study will not be known for several years, the goal is to use the data to prevent the issuing of permits to industry and other polluting entities in areas that have been identified as "over-burdened," according to panelists at Wednesday’s symposium.

As CNSNews.com has reported, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has made environmental justice a top priority for her agency. The EPA defines environmental justice as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people -- regardless of race, color, national origin, or income -- with respect to the development and enforcement of environmental laws and regulations.

Last year, the EPA made a public commitment to address “disproportionate environmental health impacts,” said Paul Anastas, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “This research could pave the way for more interdisciplinary work that is responsive to community concerns and environmental justice.”

The $7 million in grants, to be distributed through 2014, will go to a study, portions of which are being conducted at the following universities, including one in Taiwan:

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York; University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; University of Texas School of Public Health; National Chiao-Tung University; University of Texas Anderson Cancer Center; Boston University; University of Texas School of Public Health; University of North Carolina; University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston; and Harvard School of Public Health, Channing Laboratory.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: environmentaljustice; epa; lisagarcia; lisajackson
More environmental justice waste.
1 posted on 01/13/2011 9:02:42 AM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo
the goal is to use the data to prevent the issuing of permits to industry
There it is.
2 posted on 01/13/2011 9:05:25 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: oh8eleven

Yep, the enviro nazis don’t even try to hide it any longer.


3 posted on 01/13/2011 9:07:53 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Please bump the Freepathon and donate or become a monthly donor!

4 posted on 01/13/2011 9:08:24 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

The new ACORN scam?


5 posted on 01/13/2011 9:08:54 AM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: jazusamo

I do believe that the House needs to cut ALL funding for the EPA right NOW!


6 posted on 01/13/2011 9:10:38 AM PST by Bob Buchholz
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To: oh8eleven
the goal is to use the data to prevent the issuing of permits to industry

One hell of a way to help the poor huh? LOL
7 posted on 01/13/2011 9:11:33 AM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: jazusamo

This is just a single, small example of the Govt. kicking back to the University system. Academia donates millions to the Dems and in return gets billions in bogus research grants.


8 posted on 01/13/2011 9:12:34 AM PST by circlecity
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To: jazusamo

Enviro Nazis is right. Even the title for the job sounds Nazi, “associate assistant administrator of environmental justice”.

UNLESS CONGRESS DEFUNDS EPA WE ARE DOOMED FOR ENERGY AND MANUFACTURING.

We may be doomed anyway.


9 posted on 01/13/2011 9:14:03 AM PST by Sequoyah101 (Half of the population is below average)
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To: circlecity

True. We and the poor would be better served by trade schools, apprentiships, and teaching kids to build something.


10 posted on 01/13/2011 9:15:30 AM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Bob Buchholz
I do believe that the House needs to cut ALL funding for the EPA right NOW!

Absolutely! The EPA not only drains taxpayer dollars but costs us dearly in jobs and production.

11 posted on 01/13/2011 9:15:57 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

I suppose adhominem attacks aren’t classy at all but I must add, what an ugly er uh... woman.


12 posted on 01/13/2011 9:21:35 AM PST by Sequoyah101 (Half of the population is below average)
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“associate assistant administrator of environmental justice at the EPA”

Come on.

I really don’t care about political parties at this point, but I can say that I will vote AGAINST any member of Congress who does NOT vote to defund this garbage by the next elections.

No excuses.

Then, this “associate assistant administrator” can go back to doing her own part to clean up the environment - cleaning office buildings.

NOTE: Do not interpret the above as a comment based upon her apparent ethnicity.


13 posted on 01/13/2011 9:25:08 AM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: circlecity

Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs gets it. In this speech he talks about discovering that sometimes PETA inflicts more pain than necessary and shows how OSHA can inhibit efficiency.

Most important he talks about the fact that we look down on blue collar jobs and are suffering because of it. He points of that it doesn’t matter how much we spend on stimulus if all we’re doing is educating. We aren’t building anything and we aren’t going to because nobody wants to be a lowly laborer.

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2650612/posts


14 posted on 01/13/2011 9:25:54 AM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Sequoyah101

You worded that politely. :-)


15 posted on 01/13/2011 9:26:52 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
The EPA not only drains taxpayer dollars but costs us dearly in jobs and production.

Any agency that does that should be at the front of the line for the chopping block. Once we start fertilizing the field for job creation we can start picking away at the entitlements.
16 posted on 01/13/2011 9:29:25 AM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: The Antiyuppie

I believe she’s just another example of the trickle down ineptness of the administration. It’ll be a great thing when we again have an adult in the White House.


17 posted on 01/13/2011 9:30:45 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: cripplecreek
Any agency that does that should be at the front of the line for the chopping block.

Agreed, and in the case of some should have never been started. Obama and thugs throw billions at job creation with no appreciable results while funding billions for departments that cost jobs, makes no sense at all.

You made an excellent point about Mike Rowe and blue collar jobs in your previous post.

18 posted on 01/13/2011 9:37:05 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Its not really trickle down ineptness. They are engaged in a well orchestrated plan to implement Sustainable Development and Agenda 21. There is no disputing this fact.
Do some research on the ICLEI website.

Social Justice is part of the Three E's of Sustainable Development. Equity/Environment/Economy.
“Equity, the first E means to restructure human nature. Like Communism, it is a system of “social justice” that works to abolish the American concept of equal justice in order to pursue the globalist ideal of “common good.”
Pursuit of a centrally determined “common good” ultimately requires a police state to suppress individual freedoms”. -Sustainable Development:Global to Local Action Plans/Freedomadvocates.org

19 posted on 01/13/2011 9:56:17 AM PST by Captain7seas (FIRE JANE LUBCHENCO FROM NOAA)
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To: Captain7seas

Thanks...Though little, I’ve read some on Agenda 21 and have been meaning to look into it in earnest, I’ll check out the ICLEI site.


20 posted on 01/13/2011 10:03:21 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

An appointive agency of the state of WA agreed to purchase a working gravel mine and dock facility for $100 million, for the sole purpose of shutting it down, eliminating jobs and tax revenue. The outrage over the expenditure resulted in a renegotiation of the price, down to $83 million.


21 posted on 01/13/2011 11:03:57 AM PST by Eva
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To: jazusamo
Two things are struggling to get out of me ...

First, if I sat down with tablet and crayons to draw a picture of an "... associate assistant administrator of environmental justice at the EPA, ..." the result would look just like that picture of Lisa Garcia.

Second, the main 'social stressor' in my community is the EPA. I am sure it is in every community where they have much of a presence.

22 posted on 01/13/2011 11:16:33 AM PST by RobinOfKingston
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To: Eva

That sounds like something that would happen in our leftist Capitol. I get so disgusted with the libs in this state I could scream at times.


23 posted on 01/13/2011 11:21:25 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: RobinOfKingston

I hear you and you’re right.


24 posted on 01/13/2011 11:22:19 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Waste? Are you kidding? He’s buying votes, votes of all those green activist groups, colleges and universities, where this green garbage is propagated.


25 posted on 01/14/2011 11:37:34 PM PST by Eva
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