- Develop new air toxic rules - a group could use our area as part of the study
- Enforcement initiative - put together a staff to enforce Clean Air Act, Safe Water Act and others. Staff currently consists of 150 members, but they must cover 5 states and all industries.
- Understand what is going into the air - EPA, state and local governments do not understand what is going into the air. They currently rely on industry to tell them. Dr. Armendariz recently met 100 industry people and stated he wants to know what they are putting into the air. They have been given 30 days to get back to him.
- Impacts of drinking/groundwater with fracturing - There is a national level study looking into how safe is fracking in relation to our drinking water.
Dish Council member William Sciscoe asked what it would take for the agency to shut down industry operations.“We need some real responsibility, but we’re not getting it,” Sciscoe said. “We’re powerless to protect the health, safety and welfare of our citizens. These people are untouchable.” Armendariz told him that it was difficult to do something immediate with toxins in the air, “unless people are going to the emergency room by the dozens,” he said, adding that was the way that Congress had limited the agency’s powers. See DentonRC story at: Federal oversite promised for shale