Your Daily Docket – Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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!

Strengthen, not Weaken, the EPA’s Ability to Hold Agribusiness Accountable – Sample Script for Tuesday, April 25, 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  

Strengthen, not Weaken, the EPA’s Ability to Hold Agribusiness Accountable

In the case of CAFO’s (concentrated animal feeding operations or factory farms), there are not ENOUGH regulations, and the existing laws and rules under the Clean Water Act, designed to protect the environment and public health, need to be strengthened and enforced.  The EPA defines CAFOs as point sources which discharge their pollution to the waters of the United States.  Inconsistent state regulatory efforts and legal fights from the livestock industry have already kept the EPA from fulfilling their legally bound duty to protect the American people. Agricultural corporations, beholden to their shareholders to maximize profit by any means, including externalizing the costs of mitigating the effects of their own pollution and environmental degradation, cannot be counted on to regulate themselves. We need a strong EPA!

In North Carolina alone there are approximately the same number of hogs in factory farms as there are people living in the state. These 10 million animals produce the fecal waste equivalent to 100 million humans and the feces are stored in open manure lagoons polluting the air and ground water. This volume of feces can be compared to the entire population of the east coast flushing their toilets into North Carolina.  Agricultural fertilizer and livestock waste are major sources of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution as well as pathogens, hormones, and antibiotics contamination, and threaten nearby waterways.*  And people living near these factory farms, largely low income and communities of color, are ill and dying with disproportionately high rates of cancer and respiratory illnesses caused from the air and water pollution produced by these unregulated livestock operations.

Lenient laws and regulations have made it far too easy for agribusiness polluters.  And now the number of CAFOs in the U.S. is climbing due to the increased demand for meat exports from developing countries.  This will have a huge impact not only in point source water pollution but also in greenhouse gasses – methane emissions from manure lagoons and increased nitrous oxide released from fertilizer used to grow feed. I want the EPA to hold these polluters accountable by increased oversight and tighter regulations – not less!

*EPA. National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)  https://www.epa.gov/npdes/animal-feeding-operations-afos

Background Information – Regulatory Reform Summary

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: HARSHAW CHEMICAL COMPANY DISCHARGES WASTE WATER INTO THE CUYAHOGA RIVER. Cleveland (Cuyahoga county, Ohio, United States). May, 1973. Environmental Protection Agency. Still Picture Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S). Public Domain.

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