Your Daily Docket – Tuesday, May 2, 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!

‘Cooperative Federalism’ is a Euphemism for ‘Polluter’s Paradise’Sample Script for Tuesday, May 2, 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  

‘Cooperative Federalism’ is a Euphemism for ‘Polluter’s Paradise’

I do not support Pruitt’s insidious efforts to weaken health, safety and environmental protection laws. Not only has the EPA been explicitly directed to consult industry for a list of rules and regulations they would like repealed as part of the new administration’s ‘Regulatory Reform’ effort, Pruitt promises ‘cooperative federalism’ as a governing scheme and to give more deference to states.

“Process, rule of law and cooperative federalism, that is going to be the heart of how we do business at the EPA,” says Scott Pruitt. Sounds good on the surface, but Mr. Pruitt’s’ ‘cooperative federalism’ is just a euphemism for letting states get out of taking responsibility for their own industries’ toxic messes and is truly Pruitt’s end-run around environmental protection laws.

Dirty air and polluted waters don’t stop moving once they hit a state border and this is why the EPA exists! I, like most Americans, want clean air and water.  (Look no further than the vast majority of comments already submitted to this docket for proof.) What will happen when a neighboring state shirks their responsibility, or runs out of money, to monitor and enforce environmental laws? My health and my children’s health will be at risk because my state has no way to enforce a neighboring state’s compliance with air or water quality laws. And under Pruitt’s EPA, if a state chooses not to protect small streams and wetlands, as per the Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS) for example, there will be no pressure from the federal government to comply with the law. Streams and wetlands, water resources identified for protection in WOTUS, are the kinds of smaller bodies of water that account for more than half of the nation’s drinking water.

According to a 2016 report by the Center for Public Integrity, forty states have already reduced budgets so much that environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act are not getting enforced. (Zou, 2016) And it’s only going to get worse for states when Pruitt’s draconian budget cuts go into effect.

There are numerous examples of cross-state toxic pollution that show no sign of getting remedied cooperatively. For example, phosphorus and nitrate pollution from the manure run-off of massive unregulated poultry farms trigger toxic algae blooms threatening rivers and lakes that feed into the Illinois River watershed in Oklahoma and Arkansas. Oklahoma is impotent to regulate or even test the toxic groundwater and surface water pollution from their state’s fracking activities due to budget constraints and political negligence. (Barton, 2016) In Pennsylvania, gas companies dump more than half of their wastewater into surface waters such as rivers and streams which flow into drinking water sources for major metropolitan areas. (Drouin, 2014)  North Carolina’s coal ash spills and manure lagoons caused widespread toxic contamination during Hurricane Matthew, and the State’s political leaders refuse to implement a responsible budget to fund regulatory efforts that would hold its industry accountable and protect its own people as well as those living in neighboring states.

I do not support any weakening of existing rules that protect my health and safety and any insidious ideological scheme to minimize the power of the EPA to protect the environment.

Sources:

, Roger. (2014). As Fracking Booms, Growing Concerns About Wastewater  Yale Environment 360.

Zou, Jie Jenny. (2016) State Cutbacks, Recalcitrance Hinder Clean Air Act Enforcement. Center for Public Integrity. Retrieved May 1 from https://www.publicintegrity.org/2016/10/11/20303/state-cutbacks-recalcitrance-hinder-clean-air-act-enforcement

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: EPA PERSONNEL SUPERVISED THE CLEANUP OF A FIVE ACRE POND FILLED WITH ACID WATER, OIL, ACID CLAY SLUDGE, DEAD ANIMALS, JUNKED CARS AND OTHER DUMP DEBRIS. IT PREVENTED POSSIBLE CONTAMINATION OF A NEARBY WILDLIFE REFUGE AND GREAT SALT LAKE. IN THE BACKGROUND IS AN APPROACH ROAD USED TO TRUCK OUT THE LIQUID WHICH WAS NEUTRALIZED AND TAKEN TO A DISPOSAL SITE. Ogden, Utah. April, 1974. Environmental Protection Agency. Still Picture Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S). Public Domain.

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Your Daily Docket – Tuesday, May 2, 2017”

  1. I oppose any actions by the EPA that weakens states’ ability to protect and provide clean water and clean air. The reason we have a federal EPA is because air and water do not have state boundaries. When one state’s industries pollute water upstream, another state’s residents are affected downstream. The Federal government needs to apply uniform standards to all states so the resulting regulations are applied to all states. Any broad-scheme plan to weaken current regulations places short term industry profits ahead of the long term health costs of all Americans. Research has shown that environmental regulations do not ruin the economy; in fact, they can lead to more jobs, sometimes in the regulations area, while at the same time protecting our children and grandchildren’s future health.

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  2. I am a registered voter in WA state , and I believe clean air and clean water are more important than corporate profits. It should go without saying that there is nothing more important than protecting our environment for now and for future generations.
    Yet, Mr. Trump and Mr. Pruitt demonstrate repeatedly that they do not value Earth or it’s inhabitants and that it is necessary to state the obvious to them.
    Please stop taking actions that harm us all!

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