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WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 07:  EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson speaks during a news conference on greenhouse gases at the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters on December 7, 2009 in Washington, DC. Administrator Jackson announced that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions pose a danger to the public WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 07: EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson speaks during a news conference on greenhouse gases at the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters on December 7, 2009 in Washington, DC. Administrator Jackson announced that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions pose a danger to the public's health and welfare. In 2007 a Supreme Court decision the high court ordered the EPA to determine whether greenhouse gases qualify as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)  

Report: EPA should push ‘sustainability,’ track ‘social’ policy outcomes

The National Research Council (NRC) has released a report laying out a framework for the Environmental Protection Agency to incorporate sustainability into its policies this week. The report advises the EPA to make policy decisions using a three-pillar system, examining environmental, economic, and social impacts.

Using the 1969 definition of sustainability from the National Environmental Policy Act and, it notes, a 2009 Executive Order, the framework aims to help the EPA track its progress creating and maintaining “conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, [and] that permit fulfilling the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations.”

“EPA is already engaged in many projects that further sustainability aims, but the adoption of this framework — implemented in stages — will lead to a growing body of experiences and successes with sustainability,” said Bernard Goldstein, chair of the author committee and environmental and occupational health professor at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Goldstein told The Daily Caller that the framework would likely take years to implement.

“The purpose of the report is to encourage EPA is to use a framework which allows it to measure the broad pillars, including economics and social — and by social, EPA is already doing much of this in its health based approaches — when it makes decisions about the environment,” Goldstein explained.

The NRC report stresses that health outcomes must be an integral part of how EPA evaluates “social” policy results. It also recommends that the agency apply a system of “sustainability assessment and management” to certain programs.

“To the extent that the laws permit, working with other agencies EPA should be able to incorporate [sustainability] using this framework,” Goldstein said.

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    “Sustainability” is code speak for take from the US and give to the third world in the name new world order as outlined in UN Agenda 21.  Check your local and state government for the departments that will give you a tax break while they take away your liberty.  Anytime you see or hear “sustainability” just know, you want nothing to do with it.

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  • pepito

    Shut down this do nothing agency and fire its socialist wench director!