PALLONE INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT COMMUNITIES’ RIGHT TO KNOW ABOUT TOXIC RELEASES


Washington, D.C. — U.S. Rep Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, yesterday introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that will undo U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations weakening toxic reporting requirements that have been in place for nearly two decades.

The Toxic Right-to-Know-Protection Act will undo changes that have seriously undermined the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), a critical tool that has given communities access to an online database describing what toxic chemicals are being released from nearby plants and refineries. The TRI program has been extremely successful in empowering communities by ensuring that they know what chemicals and how much of these harmful chemicals are being released into the air, water and ground.

In December 2006, the Bush administration’s EPA announced final rules that loosened reporting requirements for the TRI. These rules have significantly reduced the amount of information available to the public about toxic chemicals by eliminating detailed reports from facilities that release up to 2,000 pounds of chemicals every year, and facilities that manage up to 500 pounds of chemicals known to pose some of the worst threats to human health, including lead and mercury.

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Filed under Bush administration, EPA, Frank Pallone, Lead and Mercury, toxic chemicals, Toxic Right To Know Protection Act

2 responses to “PALLONE INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT COMMUNITIES’ RIGHT TO KNOW ABOUT TOXIC RELEASES

  1. Melissa L. Gaffney

    Wow. At the rate Frank’s going, the entire Bayshore could be a toxic waste site if flooding occurs.

    Unless his “moratorium” makes progress on the floor . . . Haha.

  2. Middletown Mike

    Give him credit, he’s trying.

    It will be interesting to see how much pull Frank has now that Obama is in charge.

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