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EPA Proposes Reducing Information on Toxics Release

“The EPA has proposed significant reductions in the amount of information that will be collected and made available under the Toxic Release Inventory.” According to a release posted by the Right To Know Network, the propsal includes:
Eliminating every other year of TRI data by switching from annual reporting to biennial; Allowing companies to pollute ten times as much (raising thresholds from 500 to 5,000 lbs.) before requiring them to report the details on the quantity and media; Permitting facilities to withhold details on low-level production of persistent bioacculuative toxins (PBTs).
Without the annual release of the Toxics Release Inventory, public knowledge will be substantially reduced and heroes like Diane Wilson will be not be able to access the data that sustains their cause. No one has shown us the importance of that paperwork more than Diane. To become involved in protecting the annual TRI, and the public’s right to know what is in their air, groundwater, and environment, you can send comments to the EPA, or call your senator. Vermont Senator James Jeffords was quoted in this morning’s Bush Greenwatch saying, “This proposal would deny communities up-to-date information about local toxic releases, reduce incentives to minimize the generation of toxic waste and undermine the ability of public health agencies and researchers to identify important trends.” Bush Greenwatch noted, and I’m sure Diane would agree, that the TRI program has been a widely used measurement for protecting public health and the environment. Tell your senator that you want it to stay!


The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse?

Could it be that the ongoing Greek collapse is a symptom of the more general collapse that the Limits to Growth model generates for the first two decades of the 21st century? Author Ugo Bardi (Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet) examines the correlation between what is unfolding between Greece […] Read More..

Wild Edibles: 5 Tips for Beginner Foragers

Ever spotted a dandelion growing in your backyard and wondered, can I eat that? According to wild plants expert Katrina Blair, the answer is a resounding yes. And there are plenty of other commonly found weeds that fall into this category as well. In her book The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, Blair introduces readers to […] Read More..

10 Books to Celebrate the International Year of Soils

Beneath our feet lies a resource that is critical to our future. It’s the first thing we think about when it comes to farming and gardening – and yet, one of the last things considered when thinking about the long-term preservation of our earth. It’s the basis for healthy food production, is a crucial tool […] Read More..

5 Shareable Strategies for Creating Climate Action

Frustrated about climate change? You’re not alone. Most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the spectrum of depressed about our climate situation to flat-out denying that it exists. In fact, the more information about global warming that piles up, the less we seem to do to combat it. What is the reason for this […] Read More..

A Permaculture Approach to Managing Hedge Bindweed

As Permaculture Month continues, we are making our expert authors available to answer your burning permaculture questions. If you have a question to submit, fill out this form. In the below Q&A, Tao Orion, author of the new book Beyond the War on Invasive Species, discusses how she approaches weed management. Orion believes invasive species are good ecological […] Read More..