EPA Regulatory Reform Sample Comment Scripts for the Savvy Citizen.
ACTION ALERT: EPA REGULATORY REFORM – PUBLIC COMMENTS ENDS 5/15/17. Comment Early and Often!
Pruitt Wants to Create a Polluter’s Protection Agency with Deregulation – Sample Script for Earth Day! Saturday, April 22, 2017:
(Please do not cut and paste! Edit the script to make it your own and add personal commentary. These scripts are designed to inform and are for inspiration and ideas!)
Click here to submit your comments: Proposed Rule (Evaluation of Existing Regulations) and Comment Submission Link
Pruitt Wants to Create a Polluter’s Protection Agency with Deregulation
Regulations that protect the environment and public health should be strengthened and advanced. The EPA is charged to protect the environment and should not act as the ‘Polluter’s Protection Agency’!
Pruitt states, “We are supporting the restoration of America’s economy through extensive reviews of the misaligned regulatory actions from the past administration”. Pruitt is confused. An attempt to roll back the regulations associated with the Clean Power Plan, for example, will burden the growing the U.S. clean energy industry, an industry which has potential to provide domestically produced power on par with current fossil fuel energy production and do so with lower costs and fewer negative health and environmental impacts. The economy Pruitt wants to “restore” doesn’t just include the bottom line of industry but the far reaching negative impacts of pollution on the safety and security of the American public.
The coal industry alone is responsible for extensive negative impacts on human health and the environment and regulations to limit these negative effects need to be strengthened. Extracting, processing and burning coal causes environmental degradation and pollution from particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, ozone, heavy metals, benzene, radionuclides, benzene, radionuclides, heavy metals, mercury, and acid deposition. There are a number of negative health effects of coal that occur through its mining, preparation, combustion, waste storage, and transport. Negative health effects from coal use within the U.S. include reduction in life expectancy, health and quality of life; black lung from coal dust; congestive heart failure; non-fatal cancer; osteroporosia; ataxia; renal dysfunction; chronic bronchitis; asthma attacks; loss of IQ from air and water pollution; nervous system damage; global warming, methane; and ecosystem loss and degradation. (Union of Concerned Scienctists – http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/coalvswind/brief_coal.html#.WPtXFY7SY00)
What is “Your Daily Docket”?
– 3 weeks of daily scripts until the Public Comment period closes May 15, 2017 –
Your Daily Docket provides 3 weeks of daily scripts for public comments for the Proposed Rule, Evaluation of Existing Regulations, aka (in Trump/Pruitt’s minds) “how best to gut the EPA”. Trump/Pruitt are likely expecting industry to flood the public comments docket with their wish lists, and call it a day on May 15 when the comment period closes. However, a quick look at the comments submitted so far have been more to the tune of, “I like to breathe. When I can’t breathe I get scared. I also like to drink water.” https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190
We want to encourage you and your neighbors to enter comments on the open docket early and often until the public comment period closes on May 15.
Your Daily Docket provides daily scripts for ideas and inspiration for your own comments. Take the daily comments and make them your own. We aim to make each Your Daily Docket speak to a particular issue.
Let’s use our collective voice for ourselves, our planet and future generations!
Featured image information: SIGN OUTSIDE CITY SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT. May 1973. Portland, OR. Environmental Protection Agency. Still Picture Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S). Public Domain.