Require Public Notification After Pollution Events

Target: Rick Scott, Governor of Florida

Goal: Enforce law that requires 24 hour notice of pollution-causing events.

The public will no longer be made aware of potentially hazardous pollution events due to a court ruling overturning a law designed to protect citizens. The court decided this on the grounds of it being an invalid legislative exercise, which more or less means that they don’t think the government has the right to make that decision. The government does have the right, however, to keep the best interests of the majority population in mind, above the financial interests of corporations. This decision needs to be appealed, and these companies must be forced to comply.

The original law came in the wake of a massive sinkhole in a fertilizer plant that leaked millions of gallons of contaminants into the state’s drinking water. It took weeks for the company to notify the public about the spill, which meant people were still consuming the contaminated water. Five companies testified in court that the law would create too high of regulatory costs. So the law was argued against, using the idea that the companies causing the pollution could lose money.

The law would fine companies for failing to notify the public within 24 hours of a spill or other type of large-scale pollution causing event. These are the types of laws that the future will rely on. Companies can no longer pollute and ruin our planet to their heart’s desire. Their power must be checked, and their wings clipped. If our world is to survive, stopping pollution and its effects is crucial. Sign this petition to ensure the state government appeals this court decision, and that these companies are forced to look after our best interests.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Scott,

You passed a law requiring companies to notify the public within 24 hours of a pollution event. However, a court recently ruled that the law is invalid, claiming that the government is more or less overstepping its boundaries requiring this. This court is looking after the best interests of the corporations, whereas you are looking after the best interests of your citizens.

Our future will not be a bright one if courts are able to disregard laws that help everyone as opposed to just a small few. Pollution and the effects from it will only become more and more apparent as time and climate change continues. Please, as governor, enforce this law, and don’t allow courts to side with large corporations instead of everyday citizens. Use your power to re-instate the law and fight pollution for future generations.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Anjali Aisha

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One Comment

  1. If the companies responsible for pollution events are so irresponsible as to not report them immediately, then SOMEONE has to make them accountable. The removal of this law puts people, wildlife and the environment at serious risk.

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