In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, it was noticed that
there were cuts in the budget to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The rationale was that we needed to shift more funds to the
global and perpetual war on terror.
At the time, I said that “the terrorists” won’t have to bother trying
to poison us. Our own companies would do it for them.
EXCLUSIVE: EPA’s top Midwest regulator forced out
Mary Gade, based in Chicago, says Bush administration made
quit over Dow Chemical case
By Michael Hawthorne | Tribune reporter
7:31 PM CDT, May 1, 2008
The Bush administration forced its top environmental regulator in the
Midwest to quit Thursday after months of internal bickering about
dioxin contamination downstream from Dow Chemical’s world headquarters
In an interview with the Tribune, Mary Gade said two top officials at
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington
stripped her of her powers as regional administrator and told her to
quit or be fired by June 1.
Gade said she had told the agency she would resign her position, based
The gist of the story is that Gade was getting tough with Dow, because
of extensive dioxin contamination. By extensive, I mean that
it had spread 50 miles from the chemical plant: into a river, and one
of the Great Lakes.
Reportedly, Gade had been highly regarded; she even had earned the
grudging respect of industry leaders. She negotiated some
At the center of the latest dispute was Gade, who as
a corporate attorney had represented big companies like Dow against
environmental regulators. Her aggressive action against Dow surprised
the company, local activists and her Washington bosses. But she still
won high marks from EPA officials during her last performance
So she was forced out anyway. Mission accomplished, I guess.
The surge is working. A heck of a job. Whatever.