Are they sending food? Clothing? Boats? Perhaps holding a membership donation drive?
Nope, while many folks are still stranded on roof tops, Greenpeace has decided to contribute something far more valuable: A demand letter to the EPA.
Greenpeace letter to the Environmental Protection Agency
August 30, 2005
Stephen L. Johnson, Administrator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20460
Dear Mr. Johnson,
On behalf of our members and the victims of hurricane Katrina, please respond to the following inquiries concerning the EPA’s emergency response and preparedness:
1. In your capacity as administrator, please describe EPA collective actions prior to Katrina to ensure that there were no unregulated releases of hazardous substances from the petro-chemical industry located in the hurricane’s path.
2. Did the EPA consider or issue any waivers and/or agreements to allow releases of regulated pollutants into the environment from these plants either before or during hurricane Katrina's arrival? Furthermore, please describe in detail any communications from petro-chemical facilities requesting permission to release regulated pollutants into the environment.
3. Please describe EPA rules and procedures regarding the open burning of debris or structures damaged during the hurricane. In particular, please outline EPA plans to monitor the release of dangerous pollutants, such as dioxins and furans from such unregulated burning.
4. As you know, the EPA currently suggests that people clean their homes and boil water before drinking following a flood o rhurricane. Subsequently, please explain EPA plans to conduct comprehensive testing of local drinking water (private wells and public drinking water systems) for toxic chemical contamination as well as EPA plans for testing the soil of communities and flood waters that will likely contaminate soil, ground and surface water.
In the interest of public health, we would appreciate a response to this request as soon as possible.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Rick Hind, Legislative Director
Greenpeace Toxics Campaign
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Senator James Jeffords (I-VT)
Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
Senator David Vitter (R-LA)
Representative John Dingell (D-MI)
Representative Frank Pallone (D-NJ)
United States Coast Guard
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Stupid, tree-hugging, liberal, hippie freaks. The last thing we need is a 'gubment agency running an environmental impact study. But if the ghetto thug looters kill an EPA agent or two, then it might improve the US economy in the long run.
Think thr response should be something like this:
Dear Mr. Hind:
Thank you for expressing your concern about the environmental impact of Hurricane Katrina. In light of ongoing rescue operations and the eradication of looters, it would inappropriate for EPA personnel to travel to the city of New Orleans and the surrounding area. We are afraid we would hamper critical operations, much in the same way as you are a waste of oxygen. Please refrain from attempting to tell us how to do our job.
If you and your colleagues would like to help stabilize the situation along the Gulf Coast, I'm sure the residents and authorities in the area would appreciate any help that you can give in the way of humanitarian aid. Otherwise, take this letter and shove it up your collective asses.
Again, thank you for your concern and have a pleasant day.
Or something like that.
Somebody needs to remind PETA that they haven't added any crackpot crap into the mess.
She won't pass an environmental impact assessment.