Twelve states sued EPA over toxin disclosure requirements

On November 28, 2007, twelve states, lead by New York, filed a lawsuit against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeking to invalidate new regulations that relaxed disclosure requirements for companies storing or emitting toxins, also known as the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI). The new EPA regulations required detailed disclosures from companies storing or releasing at least 5,000 pounds of toxins, but allowed companies to file an abbreviated form for storing or releasing between 500 and 4,999 pounds of toxins. The adoption of these new standards followed the abandonment of plans by the EPA to decrease the frequency of such reports requirements in December 2006. A month after the lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, it was revealed that the White House Office of Management and Budget had pressured the EPA to lower the TRI disclosure requirements to ease administrative workloads.

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