Pollution of the air, water, and land by toxic chemicals that can endanger the health of humans or other creatures is a major concern of the Environmental Defense Alliance.  Where measured or allowable toxic pollutant concentrations exceed levels necessary to protect human health or other creatures, the Alliance will seek to identify the sources and take action to reduce the measured or allowable toxic pollutants.  These actions might include enforcement actions if a source is out of compliance or petitions for rulemaking to reduce the allowable discharge or emission of toxic pollutants.



Toxics Reduction
 
    Trump's EPA denies Alliance petition for improved limits on toxics in Alabama waters
Feb. 1, 2019 -- On April 10, 2018, the EPA denied a "Petition for Determination That the Promulgation of New or
Revised Water Quality Standards Are Necessary in the State of Alabama to Meet the Requirements of the Clean
Water Act and to Prepare Proposed Regulations Setting Forth New or Revised Water Quality Standards for the State
of Alabama" submitted by the Alliance and others on February 3, 2017. (Click on DENIED image to right). EPA's
decision, however, failed to consider all relevant facts and failed to correctly apply the law. Specifically, EPA failed
to consider the fact that Alabama has repeatedly failed to revise its standards for toxic pollutants and failed to
correctly apply Clean Water Act provisions requiring States to frequently adopt or revise standards for toxic
pollutants. The Alliance is prepared to file suit against EPA to compel reconsideration of its decision if adequate
funds can be raised.
    Alliance Petitions EPA to Publish Water Quality Criteria for Toxic Pollutants in Alabama
Feb. 3, 2017 -- The Alliance submitted to EPA a "Petition for Determination That the Promulgation of New or
Revised Water Quality Standards Are Necessary in the State of Alabama to Meet the Requirements of the Clean
Water Act and to Prepare Proposed Regulations Setting Forth New or Revised Water Quality Standards for the State
of Alabama." The Petition alleges that Alabama failed to adopt new and revised water quality standards for toxic
pollutants over a period of many years after EPA updated the science supporting more stringent limitations on
dozens of toxic pollutants that threaten human health and aquatic life. Click on the image to the right to view the
Petition.
    Alabama Commission Delays Health Protections for Alabama Anglers
Dec. 16, 2016 -- The Alabama Environmental Management Commission denied the Alliance's Petition to Amend
Ala. Admin. Code R.335-6-10-.07 to adopt or revise water quality criteria for toxic pollutants. (Click ORDER image to
right). The result of this decision is thatAlabama anglers who consume fish from Alabama waters could be exposed
to inappropriately high levels of toxic pollutants. There is nogood reason for this delay since all the necessary science
has been developed and recommended by the U.S. Environmental ProtectionAgency.
   Alliance Petitions Alabama to Adopt New and Revised Water Quality Criteria for Toxics
Oct. 17, 2016 -- The Alliance submitted a "Petition to Amend Ala. Admin. Code R. 335-6-10-.07" to the Alabama
Environmental Management Commission seeking to adopt new and revised water quality criteria for toxic pollutants
to protect human health and aquatic life based on new and old science developed by the U.S. Environmental
Protection. Agency.
    Environmental Defense Alliance and Waterkeepers Florida petition EPA to adopt new or revised
    criteria for toxic pollutants in Florida waters
Jan. 19, 2022 - Today, the Environmental Defense Alliance and Waterkeepers Florida served a petition on the
Environmental Protection Agency seeking the adoption of new or revised water quality criteria for toxic
pollutants in Florida waters. Florida's current criteria, covering 32 toxic pollutants, were approved by the
Environmental Regulation Commissionon March 27, 1992 and adopted by the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection on May 28, 1992. Since that time, the EPA has developed better scientific methods
and data for establishing water quality criteria for 99 toxic pollutants to protect human health. Human
consumption of water and fish contaminated with toxic pollutants can be harmful to health. Florida's current
criteria are not adequate to protect human health and it has failed to adopt new or revised criteria for 30
years.
    Environmental Defense Alliance, Waterkeepers Alabama, and Alabama Rivers Alliance petition EPA
    to adopt new or revised criteria for toxic pollutants in Alabama waters
Jan. 20, 2022 - Today, the Environmental Defense Alliance, Waterkeepers Alabama, and the Alabama Rivers
Alliance served a petition on the Environmental Protection Agency seeking the adoption of new or revised
water quality criteria for toxic pollutants in Alabama waters. Alabama's current criteria, covering 96 toxic
pollutants, were adopted by the Environmental Management Commission of the Alabama Department of
Environmental Management in 2008. Since that time, the EPA has developed better scientific methods and
data for establishing water quality criteria for 99 toxic pollutants to protect human health. Human
consumption of water and fish contaminated with toxic pollutants can be harmful to health. Alabama's
current criteria are not adequate to protect human health and it has failed to adopt new or revised criteria
during the last 14 years.
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE ALLIANCE
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