ALERT, Gulf Coast allies request action from EPA Administrator


September 30, 2021.  Gulf coast community organizations and allies for environmental justice sent a letter to EPA Administrator Regan requesting four immediate actions in relation to ongoing dispersant litigation and the associated EPA rulemaking:

  1. Let the August 9, 2021, court decision stand – do not appeal it.
  2. Withdraw the final rule on monitoring for atypical dispersant use (issued July 27, 2021; effective January 22, 2022).
  3. Immediately reopen the 2015 rulemaking with a 45-day public comment period to include relevant science from 2015 to 2021.
  4. Issue one final rule in its entirety by the court-ordered deadline of May 31, 2023.

We believe these actions are critical to preserve the intent and integrity of the EPA rulemaking process and citizen participation in it. We also believe these actions are necessary to protect the health and wellbeing of ourselves, our families, and our communities. The letter was copied to the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council and EPA regional administrators, among others. Read the letter here.