HJR 63: Opposing the proposed expansion of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's toxics release inventory program.

00HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 63 01 Opposing the proposed expansion of the United States Environmental Protection 02 Agency's toxics release inventory program. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS the United States Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new 05 rules to expand the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program; and 06 WHEREAS this expansion could add electric utilities, waste management facilities, 07 mining, oil and gas exploration and production, materials recovery and recycling, and some 08 warehousing activities to the list of facilities required to report toxic chemical releases under 09 the TRI program; and 10 WHEREAS only manufacturing facilities must currently report under the TRI program 11 and there are significant fundamental differences between manufacturing facilities and the 12 facilities threatened with addition to the list; and 13 WHEREAS the Environmental Protection Agency's profiles of various industries not 14 currently required to report under the TRI program assume that typical releases remain

01 constant; this is not the case for at least some operations where the concentrations of 02 chemicals in wastestreams change constantly; and 03 WHEREAS the only way to monitor these varying discharges would be for operators 04 to perform regular, expensive wastestream tests; and 05 WHEREAS the information gained from these tests would not benefit communities 06 significantly because much of the information regarding onsite hazardous substances is already 07 required to be reported to local emergency planning committees, the Alaska State Emergency 08 Planning Commission, the State Fire Marshall's office, and local fire departments; and 09 WHEREAS the Alaska State Legislature considers this proposed rule-making would 10 result in an unnecessary, duplicative reporting burden; and 11 WHEREAS this expanded reporting requirement will force companies operating in 12 Alaska to redirect financial resources to a reporting effort with far less benefit to the state than 13 current reporting requirements; and 14 WHEREAS the State of Alaska has been implementing changes to minimize 15 unnecessary cost burdens on marginal oil and gas projects and those nearing their economic 16 end; 17 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests that the 18 United States Environmental Protection Agency cease from imposing additional, duplicative 19 reporting mandates on industry; and be it 20 FURTHER RESOLVED that, if the Environmental Protection Agency continues with 21 the implementation of the proposed rule, the Alaska State Legislature requests that oil and gas 22 exploration and production be exempted from the TRI program reporting requirements. 23 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Bill Clinton, President of the 24 United States; the Honorable Al Gore, Jr., Vice-President of the United States and President 25 of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Robert Dole, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the 26 Honorable Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable Ted 27 Stevens and the Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, 28 U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress; and to Carol Browner, 29 Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.