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SINKEX Petition to EPA April 2012

SINKEX Petition to EPA April 2012

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U.S. NAVY OCEAN DUMPING PROGRAM
PETITION TO EPA TO PROTECT HUMAN HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT FROM
UNREASONABLE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE NAVY’S SINKING EXERCISE PROGRAM (SINKEX)
 SUBMITTED BY:BASEL ACTION NETWORKSIERRA CLUBANDCENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITYAPRIL 2012
Jim PuckettExecutive DirectorBasel Action Network206 First Avenue S., Suite 410Seattle, WA 98104P: 206.652.5555
F: 206.652.5750www.ban.orgDavid A. ScottVice PresidentSierra Club85 Second Street, Second FloorSan Francisco, CA 94105P: 415.977.5500
F: 415.977.5799www.sierraclub.orgEmily JeffersStaff Attorney, Oceans ProgramCenter for Biological Diversity351 California St, Suite 600San Francisco, CA 94104P:
 
415.632.5309
 
F: 415.436.9683www.biologicaldiversity.org
 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 
 1PETITION TO EPA: REQUEST FOR ACTION
The Basel Action Network, Sierra Club, and Center for Biological Diversity petition theU.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take immediate action to protect human healthand the marine environment from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) that leach from ships sunk 
through the Navy’s sinking exercise (SINKEX) program as required by the Marine Protection,
Research and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA)
1
and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
2
 Specifically, pursuant to the petition provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act
3
andTSCA,
4
the Basel Action Network, Sierra Club, and Center for Biological Diversity request thatEPA amend the existing MPRSA permit for SINKEX or, in the alternative, enact TSCA rules:
1.
 
Effective immediately, requiring all PCB-contaminated materials inconcentrations of 50 parts per million or greater to be removed fromSINKEX vessels prior to sinking;2.
 
Requiring all PCB-contaminated materials in concentrations of lessthan 50 parts per million to be removed from SINKEX vessels priorto sinking to the maximum extent practicable; and3.
 
Requiring additional studies to determine whether PCB-contaminated materials in concentrations of less than 50 parts per
million constitute “trace” contaminants, such that their dumping
 will not cause undesirable effects including the possibility o bioaccumulation. Such additional studies should include the mostrecent data on the toxicity, persistence, and bioaccumulation of PCBs and should include monitoring at multiple recent sink sites.Studies should also assess the releases of other potentially hazardous pollutants into the marine environment from the SINKEXprogram including heavy metals, asbestos and radioactivesubstances.
1
33 U.S.C. §§ 1401
 – 
45.
2
15 U.S.C. §§ 2601
 – 
92.
3
5 U.S.C. § 553(e).
4
15 U.S.C. § 2620(a).

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