Downstream Strategies: New Regulations Are Only First Step to Prevent Future Spills

Graphic Detailing the Elk River zone of critical concern, from downstream strategies new report.

Downstream Strategies President Evan Hansen has worked on a report called “The Freedom Industries Spill: Lessons Learned and Needed Reforms.” Hansen says new regulations on storage facilities, like the one involved in the Elk River spill, are only a first step towards prevention.

Hansen also suggests:

  • Additional funding to the state Department of Environmental Protection, to add staff to its enforcement ranks;
  • A harsh tone from the state government on all extraction industries, that lax enforcement and shoddy storage won’t be tolerated,
  • A reformation of the permitting system, which includes holding storage facilities to more stringent permits, that would require public comment.

A copy of this report is now available.