Click here to go to the Federal Register and make your comment to the EPA. Look for the button at the top right hand corner that says, “Submit a formal comment.” IMPORTANT: The form asks for an organization name. Put your own name in the field. We are all entitled to comment. You do not…

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 1:00 Eastern Time CLICK HERE to register. EPA is taking public comment on its proposed new rules governing the use of dispersants and other chemical and biological products on oil spills in U.S. waters until April 22. The proposed rules have huge implications for spills in fresh water, the Arctic,…

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ARCHIVED WEBINAR You’ve seen the news: Explosions. Toxins running down the rivers we drink from. Wildlife coated in black sludge. Trains, boats, and pipelines run through our neighborhoods all across the nation. Do you know who’s responsible in your area when oil spill disaster occurs? Or if there’s even an Area Contingency Plan? Join Riki…

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Long-awaited Public Comment Period Opens It’s been 21 years since the EPA considered the rules that govern Oil Spill Response. In that time, our technologies have advanced significantly, while the rules surrounding them remained unchanged. Dangerous dispersants, unconventional oil and gas, and risky transportaion methods have created perilous, sometimes deadly, situations. NOW IS OUR OPPORTUNITY…

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Julia LeMense provides an overview of the environmental and disaster management legal framework. This framework provides the statutory authority and rationale for all emergency environmental planning and response activities, including the National Contingency Plan and subpart J, which is the subject of the EPA’s rulemaking and this series of webinars. Click here to view the…

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Riki explains the rulemaking process, describes the focus of this rulemaking, and addresses key new or revised rules and their anticipated impact on the environment and public health. She also discusses areas of gaps and some of ALERT’s recommendations. Click here to see the webinar. Dr. Riki Ott witnessed first-hand the ecological destruction and social…

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The specter of “friendly” chemical dispersants used in oil spill response was just resurrected in a CNN opinion editorial over the weekend. The ghost was adorned with the finest of the oil industry’s favorite sayings of the past 40 years. “…dispersants work like dishwashing soap!” Oh? As any boater knows, it’s illegal to discharge soap…

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Imagine if you were one of the people in Greeley, Colorado, who had been stuck in traffic for hours, because unknown chemicals that had “something to do with fracking” had been spilled in the road. What sort of questions might have run through your mind? First responders­ included Greeley’s Fire and Police Departments and Colorado’s…

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