Citizens have a right to participate in government decision making about public information access policies and strategies. Citizens also have a right to hold the government accountable for enforcing policies requiring public dissemination of information. This section of RTK NET provides citizens with additional tools with which to influence decisions made by the government regarding your health and safety.
The EPA will be conducting a webinar to instruct the public on how to use the pollution information in the agency's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) to support environmental justice efforts. In addition to teaching the basics about TRI, the webinar will feature real life examples of how communities have used TRI to address environmental justice concerns.
EPA is calling for abstracts for presentations at the National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Environmental Conditions in Communities, November 1–4, 2010, in Washington, DC.
On April 15, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Reps. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Bobby Rush (D-IL) introduced the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010. The bill would reform the current Toxic Substances Control Act, which is plagued by flaws and loopholes. The Safe Chemicals Act of 2010 would make several crucial improvements related to our environmental right-to-know, including requiring chemical companies to develop and make publicly available basic health and safety information for all chemicals and expediting safety determinations on several notorious chemicals, such as formaldehyde, vinyl chloride, and flame retardants. Please join our colleagues at Earthjustice and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families in support of the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010!
Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announced legislation to overhaul the “Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976” (TSCA). The new legislation will give EPA more power to regulate the use of dangerous chemicals and require manufacturers to submit information proving the safety of every chemical. The bill creates open access to reliable chemical information and establishes a public database to catalog the information submitted.
Legislation is now being drafted in Congress to reform TSCA. It is critical that EPA support the strongest version of this legislation, one that includes taking swift action on chemicals we already know to be dangerous. We need you to take action today, to help put EPA on the right path for protecting kids and families. Let your voice be heard!
The Solid Waste office at EPA has posted their newest question of the month: How can EPA improve and expand on land revitalization efforts? Submit your ideas to the EPA blog. Previous blog discussions can be read here.
EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Reponse (OSWER) will be holding a video town hall discussion on March 30, 2010 from 2:00-2:45 PM ET. The topic of the discussion is effective land use. EPA wants to know what you think about EPA’s land use policies. What role do you see EPA playing in land reuse? How can land cleanup contribute to effective reuse? To join in, go here.