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From: Wayne Pferdehirt (pferdehi@epd.engr.wisc.edu)
Date: Tue Apr 22 1997 - 14:44:24 CDT


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From: "Duncan C. Fowler" <dfowler@staff.legis.state.ia.us>
Subject: News Article:Clinton Expands Toxic Disclosure Statements

Tuesday April 22 10:51 AM EDT

Clinton Expands Toxic Disclosure Statements

WASHINGTON (Reuter) - President Clinton on Tuesday announced a 30
percent expansion in the number of industrial firms required to
disclose publicly the levels of toxic chemicals they release into the
air.

Clinton, in remarks honoring Earth Day observances, said the move
gives Americans "the power to protect themselves from pollution."

Under the federal action, which was first announced in June by Vice
President Al Gore but not finalized until Tuesday's announcement, the
administration expanded the Toxics Release Inventory -- a database of
chemicals released into the air.

It adds 6,100 new facilities that must begin reporting toxic releases,
bringing the total number of facilities obligated to report toxic
emissions to 31,000.

The action also adds seven new industry categories that must comply --
metal mining, coal mining, electric utilities, commercial hazardous
waste treatment, petroleum bulk terminals, chemical wholesalers, and
solvent recovery services.

Under the changes, "more information will be required from 7,000
companies already providing information under the law," Clinton said.
"By expanding community right to know, we are giving Americans a
powerful, very powerful early-warning system to keep their children
safe from toxic pollution."

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Wayne P. Pferdehirt, P.E., AICP
U. of Wis., Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center
610 Langdon Street, Room 529, Madison, WI 53703-1195
Phone: 608/265-2361 Fax: 608/262-6250
pferdehi@epd.engr.wisc.edu
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