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Hagan asking Ryan for help on fracking chemical loopholes

By Bob Downing Published: July 31, 2013

From Ohio State Rep. Robert F. Hagan on Monday:

State Representative Robert F. Hagan wrote to Congressman Tim Ryan today, urging him to co-sponsor federal legislation that would help protect the public and the environment from hazardous waste.


 

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976 requires the safe disposal of solid waste and hazardous materials. However, amendments added later to the act exempted waste from the production and development of oil and natural gas. As a result, waste from fracking is not considered hazardous, leaving the government and concerned citizens clueless as to what chemicals may be contained or how to properly manage its disposal.


 

“The shale boom in Ohio has brought renewed opportunity for many families in the Mahoning Valley,” Rep. Hagan wrote in his letter. “However, the promise of new jobs cannot come at the expense of the health of our community and the degradation of our environment.”


 

The Closing Loopholes and Ending Arbitrary and Needless Evasion of Regulations (CLEANER) Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Matthew Cartwright (D-PA) would eliminate the hazardous waste exemption for the oil and gas industry. Oil and natural gas companies would be held accountable for the waste they produce and would be forced to comply with the existing minimum standards and oversight.


 

“This federal legislation is a key piece in the quest for greater transparency from the fracking industry,” Rep. Hagan said. “The more we know, the better we can fight to protect our families from harmful chemicals and toxins.”


 

The letter from Rep. Hagan is below:


 

 


 

July 29, 2013


 

Congressman Tim Ryan


 

U.S. House of Representatives


 

1421 Longworth HOB


 

Washington, DC 20515


 

Dear Congressman Ryan,


 

I am writing to urge you to co-sponsor the Closing Loopholes and Ending Arbitrary and Needless Evasion of Regulations (CLEANER) Act. This legislation will eliminate a hazardous waste exemption that leaves our regulators in the dark and threatens the health of our communities.


 

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976 requires the safe disposal of solid waste and hazardous materials. However, amendments added later to the act exempted waste from the production and development of oil and natural gas. As a result, waste from fracking is not considered hazardous, leaving the government and concerned citizens clueless as to what chemicals may be contained or how to properly manage its disposal.


 

The shale boom in Ohio has brought renewed opportunity for many families in the Mahoning Valley. However, the promise of new jobs cannot come at the expense of the health of our community and the degradation of our environment.


 

The recent legislative efforts by your colleague at the federal level attempt to address the important issue of increased transparency and greater access to information from the fracking industry, and I strongly urge you to consider co-sponsoring their bill.


 

 


 

Sincerely,


 

Representative Robert F. Hagan


 

House District 58

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