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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!


How to Make Biochar

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The 10 Steps that Establish Your Baby’s Microbiome

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Prepare! Keep a Grab-n-Go Survival Kit Handy

Are you prepared in the event of a sudden emergency? Blizzard, earthquake, insurrection after the inauguration? We know a lot of people are wondering what’s coming next in the US, as well as the world, given terrorism, politics, and global warming, among other threats. In this excerpt from When Technology Fails, a popular book on […] Read More

Yes, America We Can Make It … Really

Uncertainty got you down? The political world may seem like it’s crumbling around us, but this we know: We can make it, America. Literally, we can make things. Houses. Gardens. Food. Below we’ve selected some of our classic how-to and DIY books (and some new favorites) to help you sustain your self, family, and community. […] Read More

Chelsea Green on Instagram: Our Most Popular Photos of 2016

What a year for Chelsea Green on Instagram! We began the year with 500 followers and are now fast approaching 4,000 photo-loving brewers, gardeners, cheesemakers, permaculturists, foodies, seed-savers, homesteaders, foragers, and more. Our most popular posts of 2016 say a lot about what makes you happy: mushrooms, innovative garden designs and techniques, tiny cabins, and […] Read More
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