MAKE A DIFFERENCE:
ORGANIZE AND ACT LOCALLY
Thanks for showing up?
Our STOP TOXIC TANKS EMISSIONS RALLY was a great success.
It drew a good crowd and there were news clips on WGME and WMTW.
Three articles have been published so far. The band brought some levity
and the speakers were very informative.
If you were unable to be there you can watch a video of the event.
Action is Needed
on Toxic Tank Emissions Legislation
"An Act to Protect Maine's Air Quality
by Strengthening Requirements for Air Emissions Licensing"
Bill LD1532 https://legiscan.com/ME/bill/LD1532/2021 (before expected amendments)
Testify on LD1532 at the State Legislature Environment and Natural Resources Committee Hearing
Testify in writing or in-person live (virtually).
We suggest you sign up to speak and/or submit written testimony by 5/2.
How to do it: You need to sign up online
To testify in-person live or submit written testimony, type mainelegislature.org/testimony/ into your search bar. (On some search engines, this site may have an IT glitch, but the state is currently fixing it. Other search engines may work today.) Then follow prompts by filling in the following information:
Hearing: Public hearing
Committee: Environment and Natural Resources
Date: May 3 at 9:00 AM
* For written testimony do not click, "I would like to submit testimony live", but go right to the box. You can copy/paste in testimony or attach a PDF or a Word document into the box.
For written testimony it is important to:
recognize the two Chairs of the ENR first: Senator Brenner and Representative Tucker
introduce yourself and what city you live in.
state the bill number LD1532 and your position on the bill (for or against).
* To register to give live in-person virtual testimony at the hearing, click on ACT NOW button above. There will be specific directions on how to register and the process to follow in order to speak at the virtual hearing.
Personal stories are extremely powerful in testimony. They help the legislators to connect an actual person's life and experience to the issue. For example:
Do you have any physical symptoms or health problems from the emissions?
Do you have concerns about the impacts on you and your family's current or future health?
How do the emissions impact your life? For instance: are you not being able to open windows in warm weather, enjoy outside activities, etc?
When speaking, it is important to recognize the two committee ENR Chairs first: Senator Brenner and Representative Tucker and help them know what it's like for you and how you feel about the issue!
Here are some possible talking points: These talking points can be helpful if you want to speak to legislative requirements in LD1532 that would help protect the health of the surrounding community. We are expecting them to be included in amendments that are being made to LD1532.
1. Require Health Based Permit Limits
The DEP should determine a facility’s air emission permit limit for hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) based on total and cumulative human health effects of all emissions from all facilities with the potential to emit greater than 5 tons per year of total VOCs within one mile of homes, schools, daycares, senior housing and playing fields in bordering neighborhoods. They should use an EPA approved model such as the Human Exposure Model (HEM3) to determine the health risks for the area bordering a facility and set the limit to ensure the facility will be in compliance with Maine CDC ambient air guidelines.
2. Require Continuous Fenceline Monitoring for facility to demonstrate compliance with health based permit limits
The burden of proof will be on the owners of the facility to demonstrate that they are in compliance with the health related limits established by the DEP. The facility will pay for EPA approved continuous fenceline monitoring done by a certified third party to verify compliance and that the air in the bordering community is not in excess of the ambient air guidelines enacted by the Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC). Quarterly reports to the DEP and City with biannual public reporting shall be required.
3. Emissions Control Technology Required When Non-Compliance is Indicated:
The facility shall implement emissions control technology, if needed, to limit emissions to the human health-based permit limits set by the DEP. They will demonstrate with continuous fenceline monitoring that they are no longer causing an exceedance of the ambient air guidelines.
For the history of this issue go to our Background page.
Learn more about the work of Protect South Portland and how you can get involved under the tabs above!