ISBN 9781608199266,Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA

Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA



Bloomsbury Publishing

Publication Year 2015

ISBN 9781608199266

ISBN-10 1608199266


Number of Pages 304 Pages
Language (English)


When you order a meal in a restaurant, you won't find "malathion," "kelthane" or "arsenic" listed on the menu as an ingredient of your entree, but these and scores of other pesticides and dangerous chemicals are in the food we eat. They are dumped into the environment where they seep into our water supply and float in the air we breathe. The use of these poisons is approved--or in some cases, simply ignored--by the Environmental Protection Agency.

"Poison Spring" documents, in devastating detail, the EPA's corruption and misuse of science and public trust. In its half-century of existence, the agency has repeatedly reinforced the chemical-industrial complex by endorsing deadly chemicals, botching field investigations, turning a blind eye to toxic disasters, and swallowing the self-serving claims of industry. E. G. Vallianatos, who saw the EPA from the inside for more than two decades with rising dismay, reveals in "Poison Spring" how the agency has allowed our lands and waters to be poisoned with more toxic chemicals than ever. No one who cares for the natural world, or for the health of future generations, can ignore this powerful expose.