How YOU Can Help Make It Right for Real
1. Write a short letter to EPA in support of the People’s Petition.
The letter should state who you are, why you care, and what you want the EPA to do––support the 10 demands in the petition. Personal letters carry more weight than form letters. Mail to: Lisa Jackson, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
, Washington, DC 20460.
2. Raise local support to have your municipality pass a rights-based resolution to ban toxic dispersants and chemicals during oil spill response within the city’s jurisdiction.
- Find out what dispersants or products are stockpiled in your backyard for oil spill response.
- Contact your State Emergency Response Commission (google State name + SERC). The SERC page will list all the Local Emergency Planning Committees.
- Contact an LEPC near you and ask for a complete list of oil spill response products, which they will have as required under the Community Right-to-Know Act. For coastal communities, I would be surprised if that list did not include the ubiquitous Corexit dispersants.
- Download our template resolution for coastal municipalities.
- Get a team of people to work on this, including a lawyer if possible
- Review it so you understand the issues and tailor it for your community
- Discuss with the community representatives on the LEPC
- Revise again based on LEPC recommendations
- Build support for resolution with other community organizations and labor unions
- Met informally with city council people to inform them of issues and build support
- Request city to add resolution to agenda, turn out supporters, and pass resolution
Click here to download a template resolution for coastal municipalities to ban dispersants within their jurisdiction
3. Help press Congress to hold hearings to investigate the link between Corexit dispersants and public health, especially children's health, in the Gulf of Mexico
- Ask your congressional delegates to hold hearings.
- Ask your delegates to support banning Corexit dispersants used during the BP Gulf disaster, as human health “tradeoffs” cannot be justified.