Governor Kasich’s office must act

Governor Kasich's office is in charge of the executive agencies in Ohio, including the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). In April, the U.S. EPA sent a letter to the SERC detailing how Ohio is violating the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act. 

The SERC is now issuing a memo to all oil and gas drillers, informing them that they have to follow the chemical disclosure and trade secret standards of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act.

This is a good start, but it is not enough to ensure that our emergency responders have the information they need and that oil and gas drillers follow the same safety standards as every other industry. To achieve this we need a change to be made to Ohio law to remove the exemption from the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act that the oil and gas industry currently has.

Governor Kasich can ask any member of the general assembly to sponsor legislation to fix the problem. Tell him you want him to use his position for the good of all Ohioans.

In the interest of emergency preparedness, I urge Governor John Kasich to -

  • push for legislation that brings oil and gas drillers into compliance with the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, and provides a clear method for medical professionals to have complete access to chemical information in an emergency
  • ensure that the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act is enforced everywhere in Ohio 
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