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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 21, 2015
Carli Jensen, Maryland PIRG
Timothy Goldsby, Office of Councilmember Bill Henry
Baltimore Takes Leadership Role on Chemicals
City Urges Feds to Finalize Chemical Facility Rule
Today, the Baltimore City Council passed a resolution calling on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to work quickly to issue a strong rule to make chemical plants safer. Resolution #15-0261R, introduced by Baltimore City Councilmember Bill Henry (District 4) passed unanimously.
“The leaders of Baltimore take the problem of dangerous chemical facilities very seriously, and we are calling on the EPA to help us make our community safer,” said Councilman Henry.
“Members of the Baltimore City Council live and work in communities in the shadows of chemical plants,” said Maryland PIRG Toxics Campaign Director Carli Jensen, “They are leading on this issue that affects Baltimoreans—and people in communities across the country—and I hope the EPA will follow suit.”
Nationwide, there have been over 420 chemical disasters—including explosions, fires, and toxic chemical leaks—since April 2013, causing more than 82 deaths and sending over 1,600 victims to the hospital.
The resolution recognized that “[i]t is vital to the safety and security of millions of Americans that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) move quickly to finalize a strong rule requiring chemical plants and refineries to use the safest cost-effective chemicals and technology available. The EPA has an historic opportunity to protect the 100 million people across the U.S. who live, work, study, and play in the shadow of dangerous chemical facilities.”
For more information contact:
Toxics Campaign Director
Timothy L. Goldsby, Jr.
Office of Councilman Bill Henry
Baltimore City Council -- 4th District
 The Right to Know Network, a Center for Effective Government Website, RMP Facilities in Baltimore, Maryland, http://www.rtknet.org/db/rmp/rmp.php?reptype=f&database=rmp&facility_name=&parent=&combined_name=&city=baltimore&county=&state=MD&zip=&district=&execsum=&all_naics=&chemical_id=&detail=-1&datype=T&sortp=F, viewed 9/14/2015
 The Coalition to Prevent Chemical Disasters, Chemical Incident Counter, https://web.archive.org/web/20150813181235/http://preventchemicaldisasters.org/resources/chemical-incident-data-2/, viewed 9/14/15.
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