Published Tuesday Dec. 12th, 2017, by Independent Science News: “How the Once Tiny Waste Management Industry Captured EPA and Became VERY BIG“ was written by William Sanjour.
Synopsis: One of the consistently most popular articles on Independent Science News is “Designed to Fail: Why Regulatory Agencies Don’t Work” by EPA whistleblower William Sanjour. “Designed to Fail” details the internal workings of EPA and how “concentrating all legislative, executive and judiciary authority in one regulatory agency just makes it easier for it to be corrupted by the industries it regulates.” Agencies organised in such a way fail to fulfill their mandates of protecting the public and the environment, even when little or no apparent pressure is applied by industry or politicians, because their incapacities are internalised and hidden. “DtF” is vital reading for anyone who wants to understand chemical pollution and regulatory failure more generally in the United States and elsewhere. In this follow-up article, which he calls a prequel, Sanjour tells the story of waste disposal in the United States and how one branch of EPA let waste be turned into an enormous polluting profit centre at public expense.