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12/15/05

Dupont pays fine

This is such a joke. We have government agencies like the FAA, FCC, FTC, SEC, FDA, and the EPA. Each of these agencies are supposed to look out for consumers. Most of them simply serve the corporations they are supposed to police. The EPA is what I'm going to discuss today.

I used to be an Abestos Inspector. After finding contractors guilty of breaking safety rules in regards to asbestos removal, I learned that the EPA response is to call that company to let them know they will be coming by for coffee and donuts in a couple of weeks and we hope everything will be in order by then.

They really do that. They give advance warning before inspections of hazardous sites. Then when they still find violations, they fine the company a lot less money than it would have cost to do the project legally. This article I quote below gives you an idea of what I mean.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 - The Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that it had reached a $16.5 million settlement with DuPont, which it had accused of failing to report information about the health and environmental risks of a substance used in making Teflon and other plastics.

The settlement includes $10.25 million in fines, which the agency says is the largest administrative penalty it has ever imposed, and a commitment by DuPont to spend another $6.25 million for two environmental projects in lieu of more fines.

"This settlement sends a strong message that companies are responsible for promptly informing E.P.A. about risk information associated with their products," said Granta Y. Nakayama, assistant administrator for the agency's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.


Do you seriously think a 16 million dollar fine will slow DuPont down for even a day? How much do you think they saved by not complying with the rules? These companies know they can break the rules and just pay the fines. They know they will make more money by breaking the rules and if they happen to get caught, they can just pay the nominal fine. 16 mil might seem like a lot of money to you and I, but to DuPont, it's nothing. How many projects do you think they have, where they also broke the rules, but were never caught or fined?

The bottom line is that these government agencies are weak. They are run by presidential appointees. These corporations helps each president get elected through contributions. Do you think ANY president is going to appoint someone to run one of these agencies that won't be friendly to his benefactors?

Corporations now run this country. Get used to it or start to raise some hell about it. If you choose to do nothing then you condone this behavior.

More things that just piss me off

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