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EPA Moves to Reduce Companies' Pollution Disclosure

Thursday, September 22, 2005

The Environmental Protection Agency has released a proposal designed to lift the "regulatory burden" from polluters by allowing them to skip reporting "small" releases of toxic chemicals, and reduce their yearly pollution reports by half. Under current regulations - which Dow Chemical actually says it has no problems following - companies must inform the EPA if they release more than 500 pounds of a toxic chemical. The new regulations raise the level to 5,000 pounds and make annual pollution reports biannual, freeing up a third of the 23,000 companies affected by the current law from reporting anything at all.

AP article is here.

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