The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

EPA proposes to make environmental crime easier

Oct 10, 2005

Boasting that communities will now "have more power to hold companies accountable and make informed decisions about how toxic chemicals are managed," the EPA proposed new rules on emissions of toxic chemicals.

Hearing that, one reasonably might think the EPA was strengthening its rules – but no, not at all.

Under its new rules, industrial companies will not have to report leaks of toxic chemicals unless more than 5,000 pounds has leaked out, up from 500 pounds under current law. And the EPA wants to allow all industrial companies to go two years between reports, instead of one year under the old rules.

The 1986 law which required companies to make these reports certainly had a lot of loopholes – but the EPA is proposing to expand the loopholes to fill the whole space!