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!
Transparency is the Law – Sample Script for Wednesday, May 3, 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
Transparency is the Law
This administration can’t wipe away broad swaths of regulations at the behest of their powerful industry friends and lobbyists. We are a nation of laws, and if the EPA wants to change a single rule or regulation, the law requires a broad public process with hearings and a real public comments process to be opened up before any single rule can be changed. The law requires transparency.
Clean air and clean water is a core American value. Poll after poll shows that all Americans – even those who voted for Trump – want the fundamental environmental protections that we have relied on to remain in place. If the EPA is looking to change a rule the benefits of that rule must be considered along with the costs. And the EPA need only look to the extensive cost benefits analyses that have already been conducted on major policies such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the more recent Clean Power Plan. The cost benefit analyses and the data that drive environmental policy belong to the American people.
This administration can disagree with actions the EPA has taken, but they cannot deny history. The night before the April 29 National Climate Marches, Director Scott Pruitt had the EPA website cannibalized, removing valuable resources on climate change and other important regulatory information to protect our health and our future. The EPA wiped out the historical record of what the Agency has been doing with public dollars for decades, not just the Obama years. This is public information, and we have the right to access the information that we have paid for. Trump and Pruitt can’t deny history and must restore the climate date on the EPA website and make it available again to the public who paid for it. The EPA has been working on climate for decades and the data that was scrubbed includes valuable science behind the actions that were and are being taken to protect the American public and future generations.
I support the science based regulations built to protect me, my family and all Americans from industrial pollution – industry that is blind to our needs.
I demand that EPA maintain all regulations related to:
- The Clean Water Act and the NPDES Permit Program
- The Clean Air Act
- The Clean Power Plan
- The Resource Recovery and Conservation Act
- The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
I demand federal funding for: The Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program;
- The Global Methane Initiative
- The Climate Resilience Fund
- The Climate Resilience Evaluation Awareness Tool
- The Green Infrastructure Program
- The Climate Ready Water Utilities Initiative and climate research at the EPA’s Office of Research and Development.
I demand that the current administration respect science and allow EPA to do it’s job!
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: CLEVELAND SKYLINE IN THE SMOG OF JULY 20, 1973, DAY OF POLLUTION ALERT. Cleveland, OH. July, 1973. Environmental Protection Agency. Still Picture Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S). Public Domain.