TAKE ACTION: Speak Up Against Plastic Pollution

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Our oceans are drowning in plastic. Around the world, it suffocates sea turtles, starves seabirds, destroys marine habitat, and clogs local rivers. In fact, we’re on track to have more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans.

Over the past couple of years, Pacific Environment has been helping zero waste grassroots campaigners promote the concept of zero waste in Vietnam, which helped inspire Vietnam’s Prime Minister to commit to banning single-use plastic nationwide by 2025.

But if we’re going to win the battle against the plastic pollution crisis, we have to fight it at home, too. The U.S. produces more waste per person than any other country in the world, and instead of working to stem the tide of pollution, American plastic manufacturers want to dramatically increase production over the next decade.

That’s why we’re now joining over 270 organizations from across the country to demand the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency do its job and stop Big Plastic from polluting our oceans and communities.

Add your name today to our petition demanding the EPA protect vulnerable communities and marine wildlife from plastic pollution

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San Francisco, CA

To: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
From: [Your Name]

Dear Environmental Protection Agency,

I'm writing to urge the EPA to adopt new rules for plastic manufacturing facilities to better track and ultimately limit the pollution that's being dumped into our air and water.

Plastic has been accumulating in our oceans for decades, with an estimated 8 million tons added every year. And under current permits, the facilities producing all the plastic — including plants in low-income areas along the Gulf Coast and in Appalachia — are poisoning communities with deadly carcinogens. This is unacceptable. The EPA needs to greatly increase monitoring and enforcement and outright ban the discharge of benzene, dioxin, phthalates, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons — all of which are extremely harmful to human health and marine life.

Right now the plastic industry plans to increase North American plastic production by at least 35 percent by 2025. So now's the time to fix these outdated rules. The current guidelines and standards to limit plastic pollution were developed decades ago and don't account for the latest science and technology, as the Clean Water Act requires.

Specifically I ask that you take the following four actions to protect people and wildlife from pollution by these petrochemical plants:

1) Prohibit the discharge of plastic pellets and all other plastic materials in storm water and wastewater;

2) Update effluent limitation guidelines for new facilities to eliminate the discharge of all toxic pollutants;

3) Revise the list of chemicals considered as pollutants to reflect current science; and

4) Update the pollution-control requirements for all petrochemical facilities to reflect advances in monitoring and treatment technologies since the last revisions decades ago.

I'm counting on you to protect our communities and wildlife from plastic pollution.