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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
(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 Wednesdays 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 EPAs 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.
Yep, the enviro nazis don’t even try to hide it any longer.
The new ACORN scam?
I do believe that the House needs to cut ALL funding for the EPA right NOW!
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.
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.
True. We and the poor would be better served by trade schools, apprentiships, and teaching kids to build something.
Absolutely! The EPA not only drains taxpayer dollars but costs us dearly in jobs and production.
I suppose adhominem attacks aren’t classy at all but I must add, what an ugly er uh... woman.
“associate assistant administrator of environmental justice at the EPA”
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.
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.
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.
You worded that politely. :-)
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.
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.
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
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.
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