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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!


10 Books to Curl Up With This Winter

William Wordsworth was right when he said, “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” Nevertheless, the cold, dark days of winter can still get the best of even Nature’s most tenderhearted admirer. What’s one to do? We here at Chelsea Green have concocted the perfect cabin fever remedy with our suggested winter reading […] Read More..

50 Low-Cost, Low-Tech Solutions to Save the Planet

Tired of watching people spend so much time thinking up big solutions to big problems that it has a paralyzing effect on taking action? If you’re like author Courtney White, the answer is yes. That’s why in Two Percent Solutions for the Planet, he takes readers on a journey to show how low-cost, easy-to-implement solutions […] Read More..

Beyond the War on Invasive Species – Review in Permaculture Design Magazine

This review was originally published in Permaculture Design, Issue #97, “Life on the Edge,” Fall 2015; www.PermacultureDesignMagazine.com Look in the Mirror Review by Peter Bane For its extensive scholarship, clear voice, and impassioned, hopeful message, this book is a joy to read—a slim but beautifully written teaching text which uses permaculture and ecosystem science as a lens for viewing the […] Read More..

5 Common Invasive Species and How to Manage Them

Last week, we asked authors Tao Orion and Katrina Blair to share alternative approaches to managing five different plant species commonly held to be “invasive.” St. John’s Wort, Garlic Mustard, Thistle, Oxeye Daisy, and Kudzu are often dismissed as annoyances at best and the target of aggressive eradication with harmful chemicals at worst. Orion and […] Read More..

What in the World is a Pawpaw?

Have you heard of the pawpaw? A few generations ago, most would say “yes!” You could ask just about anyone and they could tell you what this fruit looked and tasted like, and more importantly, where to find it. But today, the pawpaw remains a mystery to some and entirely unknown to others. In Pawpaw: […] Read More..
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