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 resolution requesting your state to ban toxic dispersants and chemicals during oil spill response within State waters.
- Sign up to join Citizens' Coalition to Ban Toxic Dispersant Campaign to receive information and assistance.
- Download our template resolution for coastal municipalities.
- Get a team of local people to work on this, including local health or environmental groups,
- Review it so you understand the issues and tailor it for your community
- Contact your State Emergency Response Commission (google State name + SERC). The SERC page will list all the Local Emergency Planning Committees.
- 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
- Write op-ed articles for local paper and give info to local radio stations
- Request city to add resolution to agenda, notify supporters of meeting date and turn out supporters to testify in support of passing resolution at that meeting
- Share results and information with Citizens' Coalition
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.