Get Toxic Chemicals Out Of Halloween Costumes

A new study by found elevated levels of toxic chemicals in popular Halloween costumes, accessories and even “trick or treat” bags.  Dangerous chemicals like phthalates, flame retardants, vinyl (PVC) plastic, lead and even lead. Some of the chemicals found have been identified as toxic, priority chemicals by the MN state department of health.

TAKE ACTION: Tell big retailers – our children deserve a safe toxic-free Halloween.

Scorecard - the 113th Congress

TWO YEARS AGO, we reported that fundamental public health and environmental protections were under attack in the 112th Congress. The situation has remained largely the same to date in the 113th Congress. 

In 2013 and 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to block federal agency progress in all of Clean Water Action’s priority campaign areas, including restoring Clean Water Act protection to streams and wetlands and cleaning up toxic coal ash. Similar measures have not been able to pass in the U.S. Senate.

Prince George's County Municipalities Want EPA to Protect Clean Water!

PRINCE GEORGES, MD – Tuesday and Wednesday nights, four local jurisdictions in Prince George’s County, Maryland passed resolutions in support of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s  and Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to clarify protection of streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.

2013 - 2014 Pennslyvania Environmental Scorecard

Clean Water Action, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, and the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter released the joint Pennsylvania Environmental Scorecard in October 2014.

This report scores all state legislators on key environmental votes cast during the 2013 - 2014 Legislative Session and whether those votes supported protection of the public and the environment.

Click here to view or download the scorecard.

Urgent - Stop Bad Pinelands Nominations on Oct. 16th!

UPDATE! We won! Today, Oct. 16, the Senate Jucidiary Committee voted to HOLD the nominations. Thank you for everyone who took action!

Oct 15, 2014--Remember when the Pinelands Commission voted NO to stop a massive pipeline from being built in the heart of the NJ Pinelands, thus protecting critical land and drinking water resources for generations to come?

Well, now there is a dirty move afoot to replace members who voted against the pipeline with political appointees that would vote yes. Read Clean Water Action's statement here.

Protecting Hartford’s Drinking Water: City Council Passes Resolution Supporting EPA Rule

HARTFORD - Tuesday night, the Hartford City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to clarify protection of streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. Clean Water Action applauds the Council and thanks Councilwoman Cynthia Jennings for introducing the resolution and for her continued leadership on environmental issues.
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10/15/2014 - 07:13

Florida’s Toxic Coal Ash: State and Public Kept in the Dark

Clean Water Fund has released its second coal ash report “Florida’s Toxic Coal Ash Uncovered,” which reveals that federal and state governments have failed to address the multitude of issues surrounding coal power plant waste management.

Toxic coal ash is extremely harmful to our health, water quality and environment.  It contains dangerously high levels of toxic chemicals and heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, mercury, chromium, and others, and is linked to neurological damage, birth defects, lung and skin cancer, and respiratory diseases.

Protect Clean Water Posters

Clean Water Action has built a unique partnership with the Design As Service program at Messiah College that prepares designs for our advocacy projects. Design As Service connects design students up with non-profit organizations. Messiah College's Distinguished Professor of Art and Design, Kathy T Hettinga, founded Design As Service and is its Art Director.

These particular images were produced in a design class on Digital Illustration.

Environmental Leaders Endorse Martha Coakley for Governor

Leaders commend Coakley’s commitment to growing green communities in Massachusetts
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[Pictured left to right: Alex Papali, Clean Water Action; Attorney General Martha Coakley; Erica Mattison, ELM Action Fund] 

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10/10/2014 - 13:24

Environmental Leaders Endorse Martha Coakley for Governor

Leaders commend Coakley’s commitment to growing green communities in Massachusetts;

BOSTON – Friday, October 10, 2014 - Martha Coakley today received the endorsement of environmental advocacy groups Clean Water Action and the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) Action Fund based on her commitment and plan to create a clean energy future in Massachusetts. She was also praised for her commitment to protecting residents from toxic pollution, redeveloping brownfields and expanding the Commonwealth’s transportation network.

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