In their new book, The War on the EPA: America’s Endangered Environmental Protections (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020), William and Rosemarie Alley examine the daunting hurdles facing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its critical roles in drinking water, air and water pollution, climate change, and toxic chemicals. Delving into the science, the politics, and the human dimension of some of today’s most pressing environmental problems, they illustrate the challenges of regulation and how today’s war on science is undermining the scientific foundation upon which the EPA’s legitimacy rests.
- Demonstrate the challenges of establishing environmental regulations.
- Provide insights into the central role that science plays in environmental regulations and how a war on science is undermining the EPA.
- Recognize why a strong EPA is no less important today that it was 50 years ago and insights into how the agency can recover.
William (Bill) M. Alley
Dr. William (Bill) M. Alley is an internationally recognized authority on groundwater and an environmental science writer. He was Chief, Office of Groundwater for the U.S. Geological Survey for almost two decades and currently serves as Director of Science and Technology for the National Ground Water Association. Dr. Alley has interacted with the EPA in numerous ways for more than 40 years and his experiences allow for an objective, critical look at the agency. Dr. Alley has published over 100 scientific publications. Among other awards, Dr. Alley received the USGS Shoemaker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Communication and the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award.
Rosemarie Alley is a freelance writer with extensive writing and public speaking experience. She co-authored “The War on the EPA.” As a writing team, Bill provides the scientific expertise and Rosemarie makes it interesting and understandable for the general reader. Bill and Rosemarie previously collaborated on Too Hot to Touch: The Problem of High-Level Nuclear Waste (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and High and Dry: Meeting the Challenges of the World’s Growing Dependence on Groundwater (Yale University Press, 2017).