White House Petition Drive Reaches Goal!

Citizens for Recycling First has succeeded in gathering 5,000 signatures for its petition on a new White House website that promises a response from the Obama Administration.

A total of 5,133 signatures were gathered by the October 24 deadline. According to the White House website, the administration must now formally respond to the petition which reads: “We believe the Obama Administration should protect coal ash recycling by promptly enacting disposal regulations that do NOT designate coal ash a ‘hazardous waste.’”

            The White House recently launched a program called “We the People” that is designed to “provide you with a new way to petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country. If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.”

            The White House says it may take several weeks to analyze successful petitions and issue a response. Everyone who signed the petition will receive the response to the e-mail address they provided when signing the petition.

            Citizens for Recycling First is grateful to everyone who participated in getting friends, family and associates to sign the petition. The American Coal Ash Association and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association were particularly helpful in reaching out to their members.

            The 5,000 signatures were particularly hard to gather because the White House website was frequently overloaded and unresponsive to people trying to sign. Since Citizens for Recycling First filed its petition, the White House has raised its threshold for responding to 25,000 signatures in 30 days. The White House website promises, however, that the new threshold will not apply retroactively to the coal ash petition.

Posted by: on: Oct 25, 2011 @ 09:20