Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Submit a Public Comment opposing EPA's Do-Nothing Rule

In February, 2016 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) settled a lawsuit by committing to develop a program to prevent and clean up chemical spills into our nation’s water bodies.

Now EPA has unveiled the details of this hazardous spill prevention program: No program!

This is an issue of environmental injustice, demonstrated by the presence of aboveground storage tanks in communities around the country, often in poor and low income areas.

This is a drinking water issue. We often don’t know where these storage tanks are. If a leak or spill gets into a drinking water source, public health can be at risk, tap water can be disrupted, or we might not even know about it.

This is a Clean Water Act issue. Congress required a rulemaking process in the original Clean Water Act and it has never happened. EPA's argument that existing programs take care of this problem is simply unfounded.

EPA is accepting comments on this idea until August 24. Tell EPA that our drinking water sources, rivers, lakes, and streams need protection from leaking storage tanks and other chemical spills that threaten our health, our water, and wildlife.

- Lynn Thorp, Clean Water Action

Subject: Re: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OLEM-2018-0024

Prevent Chemical Spills Into Water and Protect Drinking Water Sources  

I urge EPA to reconsider its decision not to develop safeguards to prevent spills of hazardous substances into rivers, lakes, streams, and other water bodies. The Clean Water Act directs EPA to set up this program. Existing laws and regulations do not ensure that drinking water sources and all of our water are protected. 

Facilities handling hazardous substances should develop comprehensive plans to prevent discharges into water. 


More information:

Protecting Drinking Water From Hazardous Spills

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