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Soon after the Environmental Protection Agency announced that they would be holding regulations that would clean up industrial air pollution, Administrator Lisa Jackson sat down with Jon Stewart.  On the Daily Show interview she Jackson discusses the discrepancy between what Americans want the EPA to do; what politicians want, and her role trying to find the balance; "we can cut red tape but we can't cut the protection." Here are the broadcast interview and extended web extra.

In the extended clip, Lisa Jackson elaborates on how EPA actions have saved trillions of dollars in health care costs.

If you want to learn more about the stalled regulations that would've put restrictions on industrial air polliution, including mercury emissions, check out Living on Earth's report this week.

In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared a war on cancer. Through the National Cancer Act, he established the first presidential panel on cancer and charged them to submit an annual report on cancer in the US.  

This year, the presidential panel has said that environmental factors are more responsible for the rising cancer rates than previously believed. Dr. Philip Landrigan told ABC news that "for the past 30 years, there has been systemic effort to minimize the importance of environmental factors and carcinogenesis…This report marks a sea change."

Some of the hazardous exposure detailed in the report include pesticides, fertilizers, pharmaceutical byproducts in water supplies, household chemicals, and emissions from cars, trucks, and planes. The panel urges the Obama administration to put more funding in for research of environmental toxins.

Click here to read more about the report

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When I see stories like this, I wonder if African Americans and Latinos are more affected because of disparities in health care or because of genetic reasons….

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