Groups File Suit Against EPA for Denying Public Access

A coalition of 12 states, led by New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, has filed a suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for denying the public access to information on toxic chemicals.

This comes only a few months after the American Library Association, along with other organizations, in July signed on to a letter urging Senators to support the Toxic Right-to-Know Protection Act (S. 595). This legislation would reverse a recent EPA rule change to the federal Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) that restricted the public’s right to know about harmful chemicals released from thousands of facilities in states and communities across the country.

From the Attorney General’s press release:

NEW YORK, NY (November 28, 2007) – Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York and eleven other states are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over new regulations denying the public access to information about toxic chemicals in their communities.

The EPA will allow thousands of companies to avoid disclosing information to the public about the toxic chemicals they use, store, and release into the environment by rolling back chemical reporting requirements. The suit seeks to overturn the weakened reporting requirements and provide the public with the access they had in the past…

For more information, please see the full press release.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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