After four years of neglect, those working for the Environmental Protection Agency are excited to get back on track with making progress towards protecting our environment under the Biden administration
American Federation of Government Employees Local 704 Vice President of Professional Development Loreen Targos discussed what needs to be done to restore the Great Lakes region and what resources workers need on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
Political tug of war
The environment has become a hot button political issue, with some candidates using environmental issues as a major campaign platform, and others appealing to those less concerned about the future of the environment.
Although protecting the Great Lakes is a widely supported issue, there are some who use the issue in tug of war matches, holding up protection funding in exchange for something they normally would not be able to get done. She said this isn’t fair, as the region provides a major water source and transportation corridor.
Targos then moved onto discussing the current issues being faced by the region. She said that although the Great Lakes are doing better, there are still invasive species, water exportation threats and algal blooms in Lake Erie. Additionally, COVID-19 prevented the EPA from doing as much wok in the region.
Moving forward with the Great Lakes region
Targos said there is plenty of work to be done within the EPA and in the Great Lakes region. Moving forward, President Biden and his team need to work to restore the agency after some 800 professionals were either let go or chose to retire early.
This led to her calls for new infrastructure being built throughout the country to protect the Great Lakes and minimize the burden put on the lakes.