Submit a public comment before October 31 urging the EPA to finalize the strongest possible Risk Management Plan to protect frontline communities from the daily threat of toxic air exposure, chemical spills, and even death.
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Nearly 125 million people in America, predominantly from communities of color and low-income communities, live within 3 miles of very dangerous chemical facilities.
These “fenceline zones” — often in areas that are vulnerable to extreme weather due to climate change — put residents in daily danger simply by living near facilities that are at constant risk of toxic chemical leaks, noxious fumes filling the air, or even fires or explosions that could destroy the communities around them.
The previous Trump administration rolled back vital regulations meant to protect these communities as a gift to chemical industries, but thankfully, President Biden’s EPA is proposing new lifesaving regulations — a Risk Management Plan (RMP) — that would undo much of the harm done by Trump and his industry cronies.
This is a good first step, but these measures aren’t strong enough if we’re to protect residents and workers from the hazards of highly dangerous chemical facilities.
Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OLEM-2022-0174-0003