Letter: Enviroment needs regulated on federal level

Dear President Donald Trump,

My father was foreman at General Electric in Massachusetts from the 1940s to 1970. He was told to clean out a vat of PCBs with another man. The other man was overcome by the fumes and fell into the vat and died. My father got skin cancer. Luckily, he eventually beat it.

A few years later G.E. buried the PCBs under the ground. People built houses there. Many got cancer. Many died. G.E. said they were innocent. They did not know PCBs were toxic. How many people have to die before we know something is toxic? There was no Environmental Protection Agency at that time. The EPA saves lives. Then G.E. pulled out of the area. Most of the city was employed by G.E. They all lost their jobs. EPA laws could have prevented G.E.’s fear of lawsuits if they had given them advice to follow.

I need to know the president cares about all people, not just wealthy. If you feel the EPA is wrong then make changes. Please change the bad things, but do not dismantle the EPA. The environment needs to be regulated on the federal level. A job is not as important as health. Without health, you have nothing of value.

Karen Johnson


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