censored} thing they have because they caused harm. Right now, odds are very likely that they would hand out a few grand and tell whomever to STFU and the most anyone would get is a cameo on the evening news. I would argue that is not gov protecting her citizens. This "protection" might only work in our current system if the 'waste' was defined previously in our EPA system, and even then the factory would be fined and get a slap on the wrist.
In a free market world, companies would be much more careful because they have risk. With the EPA, that risk is on the gov and we can't sue the gov for being stupid or ignorant of what causes harm to persons.
What about the raw milk laws I mentioned earlier?