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UD's Jenkins co-authors insider's account of pollution

April 14, 2014--McKay Jenkins, Cornelius Tilghman Professor of English at the University of Delaware, is the co-author of a new book about chemical pollution, its effects on public health and the environment and the failures of government regulators.

Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA, published this month by Bloomsbury Press, is the personal account of E.G. Vallianatos, whose career at the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spanned 25 years. Vallianatos has used his own eyewitness experiences at the agency, in addition to interviews with former colleagues and material from hundreds of documents, to explore what he describes in the book as the EPA’s history of corruption, unscientific research and coziness with industry.

Jenkins, who has written numerous nonfiction books including, in 2011, What’s Gotten Into Us? Staying Healthy in a Toxic World, about chemicals in everyday consumer products, was contacted by the publisher to work with Vallianatos on the new manuscript.