Government bureaucrats prosper by building their empire. The more regulations they create, the more employees are needed, the more responsibility they have, the higher their income. We witness that empire building in the environmental regulation arena constantly. Well intentioned but self-serving, it is not a good combination.
We Americans are almost drowning in our garbage. But instead of focusing on that “growing” severe problem, the regulatory bureaucrats prefer to issue regulations that diminish the use of land for the production of food, housing, etc. Does that sound like a long-term, healthy strategy to you?