Poll Shows Bi-Partisan Support for New Rules to Prevent Chemical Disasters But Will EPA Fall Short?(Washington DC—October 8, 2015)— As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers new chemical plant safety rules, a new national survey of likely 2016 voters shows strong support among Democrats, Republicans and Independents for policies that would eliminate catastrophic hazards. Strong majorities across gender, age, race, partisanship, and region support new requirements to use safer chemicals and processes. Overall 79 percent of likely voters support these new requirements and only 17 percent oppose them:
- Democrats: 88 percent support, 76 percent strongly
- Independents: 77 percent support, 60 percent strongly
- Republicans: 70 percent support, 49 percent strongly
New Poll Shows Strong Bipartisan Support for Federal Requirements to Prevent Chemical Plant Disasters
Coalition Calls on President Obama to Keep His Promise on Chemical Plant SafetyOctober 11, 2013 CONTACT Erin Bzymek, Blue Green Alliance,firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-706-6916 Brian Gumm, Center for Effective Government, email@example.com, 202-683-4812 Nick Sifuentes, BerlinRosen Public Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org, 310-866-1692 WASHINGTON D.C.– A diverse coalition of more than 100 health, labor, community, environmental justice and public interest organizations released a new national poll today showing that, in the wake of the West, Texas, chemical plant explosion, American voters strongly support new federal requirements to prevent disasters at facilities that store hazardous chemicals. Community members, firefighters, facility workers, and others continue to suffer injury, death, and loss of homes, schools, and businesses from chemical disasters that could be avoided. The Coalition to Prevent Chemical Disasters urged the Obama administration to adopt policies supported by the public – and long recommended by public health and safety experts and communities at risk – that would require chemical facilities to use safer chemicals and processes where available and affordable. Every day, millions of people live and work in the shadow of 12,440 high-risk chemical plants that store and use highly hazardous chemicals with the potential to kill or injure thousands of workers and community residents. Eighty-nine of these facilities put more than one million people at risk. Safer, cost-effective chemicals and processes are widely available, and some facilities have already switched, but voluntary efforts are not enough – more than 100 million people are still needlessly at risk from preventable disasters. The poll, conducted by Lake Research Partners, Inc., found:
- A majority of likely voters believes “the federal government should require chemical facilities to use safer chemicals and processes“when they are effective, available, and affordable. 55% of voters agreed and only 7% opposed the idea of new safety requirements.
- Support for federal safety requirements increases with more information. When provided with additional information – that over 100 million Americans live in high-risk zones around chemical plants and that hundreds of plants have switched to safer chemicals – support for new federal requirements increases significantly to almost a two-thirds majority across all groups, including a majority of Republicans.
- Attacks characterizing the proposal as an unnecessary regulation that would cost jobs and increase prices fall flat.
- 59% of likely voters agree with the statement “We must do more to protect the safety and security of millions of Americans by requiring high-risk chemical facilities to switch to safer processes and chemicals when they are available, effective and affordable. 600 facilities have already done so, proving that businesses can be both profitable and safe.”
- 22% of likely voters agree with the statement “Requiring chemical facilities to switch processes is unnecessary government bureaucracy and too expensive. We cannot afford new burdensome regulations that cost businesses money, raise the prices of goods for consumers, and threaten to cut thousands of jobs.”
# # #The Coalition to Prevent Chemical Disasters comprises more than 100 health, labor, environment, environmental justice, public health and public interest organizations who are calling on the Obama Administration to Improve chemical facility safety and security and require chemical facilities to use safer chemicals and processes where available and affordable. For more information, visit http://preventchemicaldisasters.org. Dowload PDF here