12 States Play Off Bush Plan To Ease Rules On Reporting Pollution By Companies

reporting pollution by companiesThe Bush administration’s plan to ease rules on reporting legal toxin releases would compromise the public’s right to know about possible health risks in their neighborhoods, Attorneys general in 12 states said.

The proposals, which include raising some reporting thresholds and moving from annual to biennial reports, would have the greatest harm in low-income neighborhoods where polluting facilities are often located; the state officials say this in a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

As a way to reduce the regulatory burden on companies, the Bush administration proposed the changes in September, by allowing some to use a short form while reporting their pollution to the EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory Program.

“This EPA move appears to be yet another poorly considered notion to appease a few polluting constituents at the expense of a valuable program,” New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said.

Via: Environmental News Network

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