Our actions pay off!
LD163 WAS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR MILLS ON JUNE 22, 2021
Protect South Portland, (PSP), was formed in 2013 with the mission: To promote actions and practices that serve to protect the environment and the health and welfare of South Portland.
THE NEXT STEP IS RULEMAKING FOR LD163 TO BE ENACTED
Members of PSP testified before the Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) to strengthen the rules that had been drafted. We were able to modify Chapter 170 as we wished because it is considered routine technical. Since the changes to Chapter 171 are major substantive and subject to legislative review with the potential for amendment, it will be submitted to the Legislature after July 1 and will be timely filed to be considered during the next legislative session. Unfortunately, despite our pressure, This rulemaking did not get on the schedule for this past session and will not be taken up until the legislative session in January. Thus the requirement that monitors be installed around the oil storage tank farms will not be enforced as soon as we had hoped. As the end of the year approaches we will be closely monitoring the legislative calendar to see when we should spring into action to make sure the Rulemaking is comprehensive and will give the community all the information we need to know if our air is safe and, if not, what the next steps should be. For more information on LD163 go to Oil Tank Emissions under Our Campaigns.
WORK OF THE CLEAN AIR ADVISORY COMMITTEE (CAAC) CONTINUES
Protect South Portland has continued to push by all means possible to ensure that action is still being taken to move ahead on this issue. We put pressure on the City Council to reinstate the Clean Air Advisory Council (CAAC) to continue its work. Currently, this task force is looking into the following:
Communicating with the state DEP and EPA to make sure that HAP’s as well as VOC’s are being monitored and reported by the oil companies.
Making sure that the CDC is getting all data to determine the health risks of the permitted emissions and what the safe limits should be for our community.
Researching what to do about existing odor control systems that are not working.
SHOULD NEW HOUSING BE BUILT NEAR TANKS WITH NO EMISSION CONTROLS?
Protect South Portland is appealing to the City Council and the Planning Board to consider that air quality should be as important as Brownfield Clean Up for the new development project at Yard South near the oil storage tanks at Bug Light. This area has tested the highest for benzene of all the areas tested in South Portland
MORE GOOD NEWS!
After a battle of 8 years, the Portland Pipeline has withdrawn its last appeal to nullify the Clear Skies Ordinance which our city passed to prevent the reversal of an 80-year-old pipeline from bringing Alberta tar sands to So. Portland to be loaded onto tankers to be exported. To read the background of this issue go to campaigns and click on Clear Skies.