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
    Alliance Petitions EPA to Publish Proposed 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.
    Alliance Prepares to Sue EPA Over Alabama Water Toxics Decision   ** Donations Needed **
Feb. 1, 2019 -- On April 10, 2018, the EPA denied a "Petition for Determiniation 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 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.
Alabama Environmental Management 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 that
Alabama anglers who consume fish from Alabama waters could be exposed to inappropriately high levels of toxic pollutants. There is no
good reason for this delay since all the necessary science has been developed and recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency.
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