From: "Wardecke, Jon" <Jon.Wardecke**At_Symbol_Here**VA.GOV>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] [EXTERNAL] Re: [DCHAS-L] EPA Freezes Grants, CDC cancels climate change conference
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:59:38 +0000
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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Evidently most of the readers do not work in the Federal Government.  Budgets increasing or decreasing is a regular reoccurrence for the life of a federal worker – our budgets and specific priorities change every year but the mission continues.  I work in the VHA and our budgets were near an all-time low in the last 90’s and then the winds of Congress changed and budgets/programs increased.  For those focusing on the safety side - OSHA budgets have not been all that generous over the last 8 years but that will ebb/flow just like all the other budgets.  Now if the order came to eliminate an organization like the EPA, I would be concerned – but a change in priorities/focus is normal business in the Federal Government.  One thing that is always certain in the Federal Government is “change”. 


Thought – since when does the private sector have to wait and only follow Federal/state regulations.  Private sector may always be more protective/stringent simply through their internal policy change.  So if greenhouse gas, product stewardship, or any other topic is a concern for the organization – they can make it happen.  Maybe we need to become agents of change in our organizations for best practice instead of waiting for the government to mandate it.  I hear much talk about “all the science in recent posts” – well, use that science to convince your CEO, Boards of Director, or whoever is in charge to make the change. 


Thoughts from a  person who has worked in private, municipal and federal sectors. 



Jon Wardecke, CIH, HEM

Industrial Hygiene/Safety Manager

Clement J Zablocki VA Medical Center  
5000 West National Avenue (00S), Milwaukee, WI 53295
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From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of ILPI Support
Sent: Friday, January 27, 2017 8:32 AM
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [DCHAS-L] EPA Freezes Grants, CDC cancels climate change conference


Good news and bad news on this front today.  First the good news: (although the gag order remains in place)


And now the bad:


Rob Toreki



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