Brad Bradley joined the Environmental Protection Agency to help make the world a cleaner and safer place for you and me. He grew up watching Lake Erie nearly die due to industrial pollution and witnessing a massive fire on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland in the late 1960s, and he knew he had to get involved.
An environmental engineer by training, Brad’s career at EPA has empowered him to take action on environmental issues affecting all Americans, from improving air quality to cleaning up hazardous waste sites.
In the 1990s, he was involved in cleaning up a Superfund site where a smelting plant had polluted the ground with lead. Nearly 20 percent of children exposed to the area had high blood lead levels before the cleanup, but that dropped to just 2 percent once the cleanup was complete.
“We did something good. It’s actually going to help those kids’ health, (and) the next generation that grows up there won’t have the issues that the one before it did,” Brad says.
Brad shares his story in the latest documentary produced by AFGE as part of our “I Am AFGE” campaign, which is designed to increase the public’s awareness and appreciation of the women and men who work for them every day.
A steward with AFGE Local 704, Brad currently works on cleaning up Brownfield sites as coordinator of EPA’s Region 5 Superfund Greener Cleanup Program. Brownfield sites are former industrial sites that are less polluted than Superfund sites. By cleaning up these sites, they can be redeveloped and help spur economic growth, Brad says.
Brad’s story is part of AFGE’s year-long campaign to increase the public’s awareness and appreciation of the hard work and valuable services federal employees deliver.
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