Last year ORSANCO proposed to completely eliminate the Ohio River’s Pollution Standards. With your voice and massive public outcry, we defeated the proposal and the Ohio River’s Pollution Standards are still in effect.
Now polluters want to make the Ohio River’s Pollution Standards optional. ORSANCO’s 2019 proposal makes the Ohio River’s scientifically established pollution limits, meant to protect human health and aquatic life, optional recommendations the states do not have to adopt and enforce. This means any Ohio River state can use a weaker standard that allows more toxic pollution to be dumped in the Ohio River than every other state requires and ORSANCO has determined to be the safe level to protect public health and the river.
Polluters have already sued the state of Ohio for not adopting an ORSANCO standard that required less pollution to protect human health. All of the pollution dumped in excess of the Ohio River’s standards will degrade the waters of Kentucky and Indiana at levels ORSANCO has deemed unsafe. At a minimum, ORSANCO should require states using a weaker standard to demonstrate equal protection of public health and the Ohio River.
ORSANCO NEEDS TO HEAR FROM YOU BY APRIL 15th THAT EVERY STATE SHOULD ADOPT ALL OF THE POLLUTION CONTROL STANDARDS FOR THE OHIO RIVER!
Tell ORSANCO’s Commissioners:
- The proposed 2019 Ohio River Pollution Standards should not be approved.
- The states should adopt and enforce every requirement in the 2015 Pollution Standards.
If the Ohio River’s Pollution Standards are optional, ORSANCO should:
- Require the state using a weaker standard to prove to ORSANCO and the public that the Ohio River will be equally protected.
- Adopt an appendix to the Pollution Standards that demonstrates how ORSANCO will guarantee pollution from a weaker standard will not violate any uses of the Ohio River.
- Commence a new public comment period on these amendments.
EMAIL ORSANCO BY APRIL 15th AT PCS@ORSANCO.org
WRITE TO ORSANCO BY APRIL 15th AT 5735 Kellogg Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45230
Attn: PCS Comments