Responding to a request made by a US NGO Centre for Biological Diversity, the Environmental Protection Agency
of USA said that controlling the coal mine pollution is not in its priority list.
It was mentioned by the Vera Pardee Senior Attorney, Centre for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute in her post
It also defended it was not taking action to control coal mine pollution by saying that it does not have sufficient funds to step in every grey area of environment.
US EPA running short of funds!
It means US EPA has no concern for the health of the people who live in nearby areas of the coal mines fields apart from coal mine workers and both groups have to inhale several harmful and poisonous gases, soot particles and climate-disrupting methane gases that directly hit their respiratory system. It is widely recognised that coal mine pollution is one of the main sources of cancer wherever this problem lies in the world.
No action to nip coal mine pollution
Vera Pardee pointed out in her article that US EPA outright refused to take any action against this worst form of pollution
though it is bound to implement the Clean Air Act
that clearly calls for measures to control coal mine pollution.
Globally China is notorious for causing environmental degradation
owing to its large number of coal mines and every second environmentalist openly condemns its act and terms it a huge threat to climate change
. But now the lethargy of US EPA to control one of the harmful environmental hazards speaks of environmental negligence
of so-called most civilised country of the world. For now one can at least say that backwardness is not the main hurdle to take care of environment
but largely will is more important to bridle the rising level of pollution
Is US a poor country?
In poor and backward countries the excuse of lack of funds and manpower in their EPAs is oft-repeated mantra for not taking steps to control pollution
. Over their lethargic attitude for environmental care
they are widely criticized by global green demagogue and it is termed the height of unawareness at the policy level in third world countries. But what we can say to recent regret of US EPA for not taking action to control a major type of pollution
According to rough estimates, coal mines in USA emit nearly 1800 tonnes of volatile organic compounds annually. This substance with reaction from sunlight causes ground-level ozone that is major cause of asthma to people living under its effect. It is also disclosed that 40,000 people living in America suffer from asthma daily and coal mine pollution is one of its causes.
Avoidance of US EPA to fully implement the Clean Air Act raises three questions:
- Can a green law be implemented in phases according to priority list
- If it cannot implemented it in one-go then why US approved this law
- Is US EPA setting an example for other countries to implement its green laws in piecemeal
Obviously US environmental authorities will not have any answer of the above question but their green rhetoric will be sufficient to pacify the ire of environmental activists. Its proof is the not-so-latest election campaign of US President Obama whose victory was equally fueled by the hollow promises of green energy which he yet to fulfill despite passage of more than six months in his second term.
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