Enviro-Mich message from Jason Barbose |
Contact: Jason Barbose, PIRGIM, (734) 662-6597
Terry Miller, Lone Tree Council, (989) 686-6386
Vicki Levengood, NET, (517) 333-5786
Proposed Bush Administration Toxics Rule
Lets Polluters Off the Hook
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson proposed changes to the Toxics Release Inventory Program (TRI) in October 2005 that would significantly decrease the information that the public, and state and local officials, have about harmful chemicals released into Michigan’s water, air, and land.
“On the anniversary of the deadliest chemical accident in history in
In October 2005, EPA Administrator Johnson proposed to cut the amount of pollution information that companies are required to disclose. These changes to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) would be three-fold:
The TRI program is a pollution disclosure program. Since 1987, companies have been required to report toxic releases to air, land, and water, as well as toxic waste that is treated, burned, recycled, or disposed of. Approximately 26,000 industrial facilities report information about any of the 650 chemicals in the program.
The TRI program was established in 1986, following a devastating chemical accident in
The Toxics Release Inventory has been credited with a wide range of successes. Since the TRI program began, disposals or releases of the original 299 chemicals tracked have dropped nearly 60 percent. A U.S. PIRG Education Fund analysis showed that releases of chemicals linked to health effects have decreased as well. Between 1995 and 2000, releases to air and water of chemicals known to cause cancer declined by 41 percent.
“Requiring polluters to report their pollution creates an incentive for these facilities to reduce their pollution,” said Barbose. “But the Bush administration wants to take this spotlight off polluters and leave the public and
The Lone Tree Council, a Saginaw-area environmental group that has been very involved in the issue of dioxin contamination says TRI data is absolutely necessary to knowing what companies such as Dow Chemical release into communities.
“In a two year, nationally recognized pollution prevention project with the Dow Chemical Company, TRI data was used to identify toxic releases that should be reduced -- and were -- to the benefit of both the company and community,” said Terry Miller, Lone Tree Council Chairman. “It would be a shame to lose a future opportunity by delaying release or raising the threshold.”
“Who doesn't believe we all should have the right to know what toxic pollution our families are exposed to as we work and play in our own hometowns? Apparently the Bush administration,” said Vicki Levengood, Michigan Representative for National Environmental Trust. “If enacted, this proposal will leave us all in the dark about the safety of our own communities.”
-- 30 – 30 – 30 --
PIRGIM is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest organization dedicated to environmental protection, consumer rights, and good government.
Lone Tree Council is a
-- Jason Barbose PIRGIM Field Organizer 103 E. Liberty St., Suite 202 Ann Arbor, MI 48104 734.662.6597 email@example.com============================================================== ENVIRO-MICH: Internet List and Forum for Michigan Environmental and Conservation Issues and Michigan-based Citizen Action. Archives at http://www.great-lakes.net/lists/enviro-mich/ Postings to: firstname.lastname@example.org For info, send email to email@example.com with a one-line message body of "info enviro-mich" ==============================================================