|June 13, 2022
On June 16th, three days from now, we will file with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) our Petition to Phase Out Greenhouse (GHG) Pollution to Restore a Stable and Secure Climate.
This is the product of 24-months of research, discussion, and consultation. The decarbonization demand is ambitious, but no more than is required to secure our children’s future. To get it done, we need your new or renewed support.
We proceed here under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and specifically, its Citizen’s Petition section.1 The statute, as amended in 2016 is strong: it requires EPA to act where a chemical substance (here, GHGs) “presents an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment.” By invoking TSCA, we aim to provide a secure legal basis for a long-overdue national decarbonization effort. At this stage, there is no good alternative.
The Petition is neatly divided. Part I covers the law and demands specific changes in policy. Part II outlines the relevant science. Executive summaries of both, along with a one-page fact sheet, are available now. See our Petition page here, and its Fact Sheet here.2