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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>

 From Physicians for Social Responsibility - Environmental Health Action program

Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 12:33:17 -0800 (PST)
From: EnviroHealthAction <action@envirohealthaction.org>
To: ajs@sagady.com
Subject: PSR Action Alert! Stop EPA from Weakening Toxics Reporting 
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Dear PSR Activists-

Help stop EPA from weakening toxics reporting.
Send a letter to the EPA docket TODAY!

The EPA is accepting public comment on its "Toxics Release Inventory Burden Reduction Proposed Rule." The proposed changes would deny the public access to important information on local toxic releases and would make it more difficult for communities, environmental groups, and federal, state, and local governments to protect public health and the environment.

<http://www.envirohealthaction.org/action/index.asp?step=2&item=2959>Tell the EPA to abandon its plans to weaken TRI reporting requirements by sending a letter to the EPA docket.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans in late September to scale back the reporting requirements of its Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program. Since 1988, the TRI program has required certain industry groups and federal facilities to provide annual reports of their toxic chemical releases. Despite the success of the program, which in the last five years has resulted in a 42 percent decrease in the disposal and release of the 660 chemicals it currently tracks, the EPA is seeking to relax reporting requirements in order to reduce the purportedly excessive and unnecessary financial and paperwork burden they place on industry.

The EPA has proposed three changes to TRI reporting requirements:

·Move from the current annual reporting requirements to every other year reporting for all facilities, eliminating half of all TRI data;
·Allow companies to release 10 times as much pollution (raising the maximum Annual Reportable Amount from 500 pounds to 5,000 pounds) before being required to report on how much pollution was produced and where it went;
·Permit facilities to use less-detailed reporting forms for persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals, essentially withholding information from the public on the release of what the EPA itself has identified as "chemicals of special concern."

By denying communities access to up-to-date information on local toxic releases, the EPA's proposed rule would take away an important tool for protecting public health and the environment. In doing so, the proposed rule would violate the Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act, which requires that any modification to reporting frequency be consistent with TRI's goals of making chemical release data available to the public and to federal, state, and local government.

The TRI program continues to provide critical information for efforts by state governments, environmental groups, industry, and even the EPA itself to reduce harmful chemical use and emissions. Following Hurricane Katrina, TRI data was used to identify potential sources for toxic storm-related releases. For an agency whose mission is to protect human health and the environment, the devastation in the Gulf Coast should highlight the need for more, not less, reporting on toxic chemicals.

Stop the EPA from weakening toxics reporting.
<http://www.envirohealthaction.org/action/index.asp?step=2&item=2959>CLICK HERE TO SEND A PUBLIC COMMENT TO THE EPA

Thank you for your action on this important issue.

The Environment and Health Team
Physicians for Social Responsibility

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