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US restores stricter reporting of toxic pollution

US restores stricter reporting of toxic pollution

The U.S. government plans to once again require companies to fully disclose the toxic chemicals they release into the air, onto land and into water.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that it would reverse a decision by the Bush administration in 2006 to reduce the reporting of toxic pollution.
The Bush rules reduced the amount of information some facilities had to submit to the federal government.
More than a dozen states had sued the agency over the change saying it reduced the information available to the public about chemical hazards in their communities.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said Tuesday people had a right to the information.
The EPA was required to reverse the rule by a spending bill signed into law in March.