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South Portland residents rally for more regulation of petroleum tank emissions

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Residents who have long fought for tighter regulations of local petroleum tank emissions gathered Friday outside an elementary school, urging support of legislation that they say would protect South Portland neighborhoods.

Residents are seeking tighter environmental standards for 120 nearby oil tanks in the area, which release hazardous levels of volatile organic compounds — or VOCs — and other chemical pollutants into the air, exceeding federal emissions caps and posing serious health risks to people in the area.

“People living here should not have to tape up their children’s bedroom windows to keep out toxic fumes, or have to roll up their car windows on the way to day care,” said Rachel Burger, of South Portland.

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2021-04-23 17:24:58

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