If EPA is not our enemy …

I agree that the EPA is not our enemy. But is it our friend?

I take offense to the implication in one Sunday Letter to the Editor that the Mid-Ohio Valley chemical companies are “Big, rich, greedy” enemies. They are not our enemies either — they provide jobs, taxes and products that make our lives richer. They follow the rules and have dramatically improved their environmental stewardship over the past 30 years.

Yes, there have been some significant mis-steps and corporations need to be held accountable for these. But the IEI disaster was caused by unspeakably negligent management that would never be tolerated in any of the mainstream chemical plants in our area.

Why was this allowed to happen? As eloquently stated in the Sunday Parkersburg News and Sentinel, the EPA and WVDEP were asleep at the switch in spite of numerous warnings from local fire officials about the disaster waiting to happen. There was no action by the bureaucrats who are supposed to protect our interests.

So let us place the blame squarely where it belongs: IEI ownership and management, WVDEP and the EPA who failed us. Stop blaming “big, rich and greedy” chemical companies while patting the EPA on the back.

Charles Carroll

Parkersburg

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