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Comment 76 for Proposed Amendments to the ATCM for Chromium Electroplating and Chromic Acid Anodizing Operations (chromeatcm2023) - 45 Day.

First NameMark
Last NameHyman
AffiliationAlliance Finishing & Mfg
SubjectPublic Comment
Dear Board Members,
Your proposed banning of Hex Chrome by 2025 in ill founded based
upon complete ignorance of the sources and the quantities of chrome
associated with those sources.  Platers have complied many times
over with proper science of filtration, wastewater treatment,
worker training and PPE to make sure that both the employees and
the public are properly protected.  The amount of chrome emissions
is minor ( less than 3 Lbs) compared to vloumes of pollutants
emitted by diesel combustion, the cutting of concrete, or chrome
emissions associated with aviation fuels.  The services that the
chrome platers provided, be it decorative or functional coatings
allow a multitude of industries to meet their engineering and/or
aesthetic requirements at a cost that allow jobs to be maintained
in California and provides a standard of living to for those
respective  industries and their employees.  I realize that
business do not vote, people do and a polkitical body MUST apply
and listen to science rather than hysteria, rhetoric, and biases. 
If not, we the people would still think that the Earth is fat and
the planets revolve around the Earth instead of the sun as the
Catholic church promulgated in the face of Copernicus's theories. 
Please do not make the same mistake in legislating out the minor
chrome emissions of plating industry and at the same time by
turning a blind political eye away from the larger chrome emitting
sources because the political and economic fallout from those
sources will be a much longer and arduous legal fight by well
funded, politically connected industries. It's much easier to
attack the smaller industry because political bodies need a
scapegoat to continue to prove to its constituents that they are
doing right for them.  However, when politics negates the science
that shows which industries are the larger polluters in favor of
going after the low hanging fruit ( e.g. Platers) to "show
progress." Let's all be thankful that we all know that the Earth is
NOT flat, and that the truth of science continues to prove time and
time again that political agenda quite often wants us think
otherwise.  This is exactly what's going on by NOT legislating
significant reductions in the chrome emissions of the larger
sources, that would much better protect the health of us all, 
Going after the plating industry will have no appreciable benefit
of improvement in our health and the science continues to prove it
over and over.  Thank you, Mark Hyman, PhD

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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2023-01-17 18:59:24

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