MAKE A DIFFERENCE:
A HUGE SUCCESS IN A TWO YEAR EFFORT TO FIND OUT THE NUMBER OF HAZARDOUS TOXINS BEING EMITTED FROM THE OIL STORAGE TANKS IN SOUTH PORTLAND AND ACROSS MAINE
WE ARE THRILLED - LD163 WAS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR MILLS ON JUNE 22 and will become law 90 days after this legislative session comes to an end
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 acknowledged to be widely unreliable.
We thank Senator Carney and Representatives Morales and Millett for their tireless work in helping PSP and the Tank Emissions Coalition to successfully pass this bill.
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
If you were unable to be there you can watch a video of the event.
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.