OR ACID RUNOFF?
On October 27 1999, seven Northeast states (CT, ME, MA, NH, NY, RI and VT) asked the
Environmental Protection Agency to tighten emissions regulations from the Midwest and other
regions. They want rules on the impacts of acid rain on lakes and fish. What they do not
mention is that the Northeast lakes were highly acidic in the Stone Age. . . the forest duff
is such that water running off tends to be acidic anyway. Acid levels dropped as the
forests were logged off and now that they are back, so is the runoff.
The EPA followed up with a multimillion dollar lawsuit against 17 power plants that were
"grandfathered" under the Clean Air Act. Senators in the states with the power plants tried
to block this action with a rider to a bill, and Senators are saying they will fight this
attempt by the EPA to strangle these power plants to the Bitter End. (*1)
As a scientist, I like the approach to a technical problem of, let the facts decide the issue. All
too often, irrational judgments are made for pre-conceived political ideologies. Acid rain is one
of these issues. It is easy to point to a stack on a power plant, without thoroughly evaluating
all possible facts pertinent to the issue, and blame those easily accessible. These so called
environmental engineers measured the lake and stream waters to measure the acid rain. Anyone with
a minimal background in hydrology would know this is RUNOFF, not rain. The rain is the drops
that fall from the CLOUDS. Capture the rain, before it touches the ground, and then check the
acidity. That will measure the Acidic RAIN. Automobiles, planes, trucks and transportation
vehicles usually contribute their share of sulfur to the acid rain problem, too.
These apparently have been neglected by the environmental engineers of the EPA in order to continue their Crusade against the Coal and Power Generation Industries. (*1) Source - People For the USA