Our guest, investigative reporter Ken Ward, speaks Dave Davies about the chemical spill in West Virginia that left over 300,000 people in the Charleston area without safe water. In the interview they discuss the conflict over industrial chemical regulation, environmental safety, and public health:
"The [chemical] industry officials didn’t like the Chemical Safety Board recommendations. They insisted there’s enough regulation already and that agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration do enough already.
And I think there seems to be this idea that … agencies like EPA and OSHA are these jack-booted thugs that are kicking down the gates of manufacturing facilities and stomping out jobs. When in fact, a lot of these facilities will go for years and years without ever seeing an OSHA inspector coming in and checking on the workplace conditions; without ever seeing an EPA inspector who is looking at their environmental conditions. The notion that these places are just terribly overregulated is wildly exaggerated.”
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