Public Citizen Expert to Testify at EPA Hearing on the Rollbacks of the Chemical Disaster Rule
WHAT: Public Citizen’s Houston-based organizer and researcher Stephanie Thomas will testify at a Thursday U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearing on proposed rollbacks to key sections of the chemical disaster rule. Changes to the 2017 rulemaking would remove requirements for third-party audits, root cause analysis, safer technologies and disclosure. Thomas will highlight the chemical industry’s influence at the EPA and argue that the proposed changes would harm workers, first responders and local residents – which is especially concerning given that no hearings will be held in the communities most affected.
WHO: Stephanie Thomas, Ph.D., organizer and researcher, Public Citizen
WHERE: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, William Jefferson Clinton East Building
Room 1153 (Map Room), 1201 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
WHEN: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. EDT, Thursday, June 14. Thomas is expected to testify in the morning.