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updates as 0f June 1, 2021
GOOD NEWS IN THE BATTLE FOR CLEAN AIR
LD 163 PASSED IN THE ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE WITH A VOTE OF 9 TO 2
Senator Anne Carney’s bill LD163 with amendments includes fence line monitoring around the perimeter of the above-ground oil tanks and testing twice a year on heated tanks while they are in service. This is a big step forward for South Portland, Portland and statewide These tanks have never been monitored for actual emissions of toxic chemicals. Instead, a formula established by the American Petroleum Institute has been used to calculate emissions from what gets put into the tanks. This formula, AP-42, has been found to be widely unreliable.
OUR NEXT STEP IS TO PASS LD163 IN THE STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE
We have no way of knowing exactly when this bill will come before the House and then the Senate, but it will probably be almost any time in June. If you want to see this bill move forward, you can email your state legislators and declare your support for LD 163. You can write a letter to the editor of your local paper. See dropdown - Get Involved for emails and more information.
LD 163 would:
1. Require oil tank storage facilities to do actual testing of tank emissions twice a year on heated tanks.
2. Require fenceline monitoring on the perimeter of tank farm facilities to measure the hazardous air pollutant emissions that are going beyond the facility into the surrounding community.
Why It's Important:
* Two of the tank farm companies were found by the EPA to be in violation of their permits by over two times the permitted amounts of emissions for many years.
* None of the tank farm facilities are currently required to do actual testing.
* The oil companies self-report their emissions using a formula created by the American Petroleum Institute which has been found to be widely unreliable compared to actual emissions
* In South Portland alone, six tank farm facilities combined, are permitted to emit almost 600 tons per year of volatile organic compounds (which turn into ozone) and 104 tons of hazardous air pollutants per year into the air into densely populated neighborhoods with homes, schools and daycares nearby.
* The chemicals in the emissions are known to cause cancer, respiratory illnesses (asthma), neurological problems for fetuses and developing children.
RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE
APRIL 23 - We held a successful rally to inform and activate the public about the toxic fumes being emitted into our air near schools
We received a lot of press attention which spread this important information even further.
If you were unable to be there you can watch a video of the event.