Not fit for purpose

Today’s theme seems to be just that in the heading – organisations not fit for purpose or people who betray core principles.

With asbestos – look, the material is either carcinogenic or not, bad for humans in some way … or not.  So which is it?  If it is, then no sophistry by the EPA is going to alter that:

Fast Company recently reported on the potential comeback of one of the most infamous building materials of recent memory. Asbestos is now legally allowed back into U.S. manufacturing under a series of loopholes by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As Fast Company reported, on June 1, the EPA authorized a “SNUR” (Significant New Use Rule) that allowed the distribution of products containing asbestos on a case-by-case basis.

According to Fast Company, the EPA’s recently released report detailing its new framework for evaluating the risk of its top prioritized substances states that the agency will “no longer consider the effect or presence of substances in the air, ground, or water in its risk assessments.”

Why would the EPA backtrack?

[H/T Chuckles]

2 comments for “Not fit for purpose

  1. dearieme
    January 10, 2020 at 13:05

    “With asbestos – look, the material is either carcinogenic or not, bad for humans in some way … or not. So which is it?”

    Oh dear, Hob, it’s not your day.

    “Asbestos” is not a material it’s three different materials, sometimes called “white”, “blue”, and “brown” asbestos. The latter two are the dangerous chappies; the first isn’t. It follows, as the night the day, that those people who generate large incomes by removing white asbestos from buildings are essentially participating in a scam, and a scam brought about on government instructions.

    • Chuckles
      January 10, 2020 at 14:40

      But don’t ever say that to an ‘Asbestos Safety Officer’ or similar. At least, not if you don’t have earplugs and 5 or 6 hours to spare.

      Also the ‘carcinogenic’ is usually a legal classification which has little relevance to reality, other than in opportunities for lawsuits.

      See also mercury, lead etc etc

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