On the eighth memorial of the BP disaster, let’s support the individuals and communities sickened by the BP disaster and by multiple system response failures. In this ongoing nightmare, we can work toward justice for BP victims and their families and toward system-wide accountability to avert similar tragedies in the future. Hundreds of thousands of…

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Mobile, Alabama. For the past three months, an alliance of oil-spill survivors, academics, trained first responders, fence-line and frontline community residents, and community organizers in Houston, Mobile, and Coden, Alabama, have worked with ALERT, myself and Emily L. Harris, to develop a concept and a course. Toxic Trespass is the first in a series of…

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First of all, congratulations! The EPA received 487 comments on its proposed rulemaking on use of dispersants and other products during oil spill response. ALERT, a handful of other groups, and over 460 ordinary citizens––many empowered by ALERT’s webinars, talking points, and social media—filed a total of 472 comments. Each commenter can opt to join…

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Canada’s move to legalize toxic dispersants may thwart efforts to ban them in the United States, because the two countries work together to “harmonize” environmental (and other) policies. ALERT has requested that U.S. EPA take proactive international action to ban toxic dispersants in oil spill response. Help ALERT leverage our comments into final rules by…

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Learn from the experts—the people who live with the consequences of the EPA’s decisions. Panelists will share concerns, successes with citizens’ oversight, and key recommendations for the EPA rulemaking. Panelists include: √ Emily Harris, MPH, survivor of the Exxon Pegasus tar sands spill in Mayflower, Arkansas; √ Lyman Welch, with Alliance for the Great Lakes;…

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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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