RTKnet: Advocacy Center

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.

Pollution and Justice 101 - New EPA Webinar (OMB Watch)

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.


(30 Apr 2010)

EPA Calling for Abstracts for National TRI Conference (ECOS)

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.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

(27 Apr 2010)

TAKE ACTION - Support Food Labeling of GMOs (Food Democracy Now)

Stand up for your right to know what's in your food and stop a sneak attack on GMO labeling. Please sign this letter to FDA and USDA.

(27 Apr 2010)

What Do YOU Want? (OMB Watch)

We’d like to hear your thoughts and priorities regarding improved access to environmental information. Please take this brief survey and let us know what is most important to YOU. You can access the survey at

(22 Apr 2010)

Take Action on Toxic Substances Control Act Reform (Earthjustice)

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.

(16 Apr 2010)

Toxic Chemical Reform Bill Now in Senate (Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ))

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.

(15 Apr 2010)

TAKE ACTION - Ask EPA to support real toxics reform! (Safer Chemicals Healthy Families)

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!

(06 Apr 2010)

Tell EPA How to Improve Land Revitalization Efforts (U.S. EPA)

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.


(01 Apr 2010)

EPA Announces Guidance on Mountaintop Removal Mining Permits (U.S. EPA)

EPA announced a set of actions to "clarify and strengthen environmental permitting requirements" for mountaintop removal coal mining. The actions include releasing two scientific studies analyzing the ecological destruction caused by mining. EPA also plans to create a permit-tracking website for the public to monitor the status of mining permits. 

(01 Apr 2010)

EPA Solid Waste Office Holding Video Town Hall (U.S. EPA)

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.

There are two ways to attend the Video Town Hall:

(26 Mar 2010)