Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA

E G Vallianatos (Author) McKay Jenkins (Author)

Product Details

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date
April 08, 2014
6.2 X 1.2 X 9.3 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

E.G. Vallianatos is the author of five books, including Harvest of Devastation and This Land is their Land, as well as over two hundred articles, including recent pieces in Alternet and Truth-Out.org. He is a blogger for The Huffington Post. Previously, he worked in risk evaluation at the EPA for twenty-five years, and now lives in Claremont, California. His co-author McKay Jenkins has been writing about humans and the natural world for just as long. His most recent book is What's Gotten Into Us: Staying Healthy in a Toxic World, was hailed as a Silent Spring for the human body (--Richard Preston, author of The Hot Zone). Jenkins is the Cornelius Tilghman Professor of English, Journalism and Environmental Humanities at the University of Delaware, where he has won the Excellence in Teaching Award.


"Makes a solid, damning case against putting political appointees in charge of a regulatory agency, as well as corporate claims about product safety. Poison Spring is Vallianatos' call to arms, urging American consumers to hold their government accountable for policies that protect and reward polluters." --Associated Press

"An alarming, comprehensive account of a 'fatally compromised' EPA mission crippled by bad enforcement practices and numerous corrupting influences." --Publishers Weekly, (starred review)

"In this riveting indictment, Vallianatos and Jenkins valiantly divulge the blinding greed and unfathomable stupidity behind the unconscionable lies and travesties--assaults against the very fabric of life. A resounding call for genuine and sustained environmental responsibility." --Booklist, starred review

"Like biologist Rachel Carson, Vallianatos, former staff scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Jenkins sound the alarm about toxins in common use...An indictment that implicates pesticides in wildlife and livestock die-offs, as well as in human maladies and deaths." --Library Journal