17 Apr '18, 6pm
This 1983 article about the EPA hitting rock bottom is way too relevant.
This 1983 article about the EPA hitting rock bottom is way too relevant. Substitute some scandals, and parts of this 35-year-old New York Times report on the EPA sound like they could have been written today. “Once noted for its efficiency and esprit,” it reads, “the agency is now demoralized and virtually inert, according to past and current officials of the agency, Congressmen of both parties and outside critics.” The article was published at the height of controversy in the tenure of former EPA administrator Anne Gorsuch Burford — yes, she was Neil Gorsuch’s mother . Under President Reagan, she rolled back environmental protections and cut the agency’s budget, leading to a demoralized, understaffed agency. Sounds a lot like the EPA today, right? The similarities with current Administrator Scott Pruitt don’t end there : Burford’s reign at the EPA was marked by ethical co...