MCHM is among the more than 60,000 chemicals not regulated under the federal Toxic Substances Control Act. There are a couple bills in Congress right now that attempt to reform TSCA but one, the Chemicals in Commerce Act, NEEDS IMMEDIATE ACTION! It would do more harm than good. More details are available in this factsheet from the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition.
WV Representative David McKinley sits on the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which is currently considering the bill. What we need each person to call Congressman McKinley BY NO LATER THAN APRIL 28TH!!
· STEP #1 -- Call his office:
o Hello, my name is ________, and I live in ________. I am a West Virginia resident and I am calling to urge Congressman McKinley to oppose the Chemicals in Commerce Act.
o This bill does not require that chemicals have basic health and safety information to be placed on the market or to stay on the market and it will prevent parents from having the basic information they need to make informed decisions about their health and the health of their families and unborn children.
o This bill would not protect us from another Elk River chemical spill!
Rep. David McKinley
DC Office:(202) 225-4172
Wheeling Office: (304) 232-3801
Morgantown Office: (304) 284-8506
Parkersburg Office: (304) 422-5972
· STEP #2 -- Sign the petition!!
· STEP #4 -- Forward this information to your other friends, specifically those who may live in Congressman McKinley's district.SB 373 ended up a much stronger bill because of citizen participation and attention to the process. But strong implementation and enforcement of SB 373 requires the Department of Environmental Protection to right a strong set of rules to regulate aboveground storage tanks.
The DEP recently announced that it will be accepting input from stakeholders into the design of the rules by May 15th, and that they will send the draft rules to stakeholders later this summer. The DEP is attempting to make this a broad public process, and Secretary Huffman stated in the Gazette, ““If you want to be a stakeholder, you can be a stakeholder ... We want it to be as open a process as possible.”
But the DEP has not stated whether they will be publicly posting all of the comments that they receive through this stakeholder process. We don’t want any secret industry comments coming in the back door.
Email Scott Mandirola (Scott.G.Mandirola@wv.gov) at the DEP requesting that he put you on the DEP’s “stakeholder” list for the SB 373 rules and requesting that the DEP post all comments about SB 373 on the DEP website. Even if you don’t intend to file any comments, registering to get notices and draft rules is a good way to follow what is going on in the process.
If you care about clean water in our state, you need to participate in this process. One thing is certain, the coal, oil/gas and chemical industry lobbyists will participate, and they aren’t there to protect our interests or our water.
We are in the process of developing some talking points that would be helpful for you to include in your comments that are due May 15th. We will send those along to you once we have them finalized, so be on the ready!
Ask the Public Service Commission to investigate WV American Water's
response to the spill
· Your name and address
· Your utility account number (available on your latest water bill or your online account)
· State that you are requesting that the PSC open a general investigation into West Virginia American Water’s billing practices during the water crisis, their emergency preparedness, and their processes for identifying, monitoring, and testing for potential contaminants in our water supply.