democracy

Banning Styrofoam

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california

is poised to become the first state to

ban the foam!

You wouldn’t use something if you knew that it was a carcinogen, would you? You might be, every day.  Popularly known as Styrofoam™, polystyrene foam take-out containers leach a carcinogen (styrene) into food and beverages when heated.  California is on the verge of passing the first statewide ban on polystyrene in the nation. 

Clean Water Action is fighting foam in California.  Our 2011 litter study found that 68% of trash on urban streets comes from take-out food packaging. Foam containers are light-weight and blow away before street sweepers and litter pickers can get to them. Foam breaks apart into small pieces and flows through storm drains to waterways, ending up as the most pervasive form of beach litter in California.

Fracking in New Jersey

Gov Christie

Governor Christie

New Jersey Governor CV’s Frack Ban:
Environmental Organizations Cry Foul and Will Seek Over-ride!

Trenton, New Jersey – Today New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed the New Jersey Ban Bill (S-2576), flying in the face of the public and the New Jersey Legislature and forfeiting the opportunity to make New Jersey the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in modern times.  During the Senate’s session August 25, the Governor issued a conditional veto (CV) that set a one year moratorium on fracking in the State.  Environmental groups dismissed the moratorium as meaningless and vowed to work for an over-ride of the CV.  The Frack Ban Bill arose out of a public rallying cry for pro-active action by the State to prevent the water, land and air pollution that is occurring everywhere where fracking is being used to extract natural gas from deep geologic formations such as Marcellus and Utica Shale.     

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08/26/2011 - 12:14

You + Me + Congress = Action on Climate and Energy Legislation!

post by Christine LeMieux, Global Warming and Energy Programs Coordinator

While media headlines as of late are dominated by the latest healthcare happenings on the Hill, progress on climate and energy legislation continues. Both issues are related to critical questions about how we will take care of our public health and our economy in the coming decades. Over the past month, 6 Senate committees have held hearings and action is expected after Congress returns from recess in September. 

Florida Water Policy Priorities - 2015 State Legislature

Our 2015 Priorities and issues we are watching inlcude:

Joint Environmental Groups' Statement on Representative Haddad’s HD 3217, “An Act to Promote Energy Diversity”

On January 16th, Representative Patricia Haddad released “An Act to Promote Energy Diversity” (HD 3217).  We would like to thank Representative Haddad for her efforts to develop the Commonwealth’s offshore wind resources. However, HD 3217 does not provide for a balanced energy policy for Massachusetts that can reduce our dependence on natural gas, protect consumers from price spikes, and meet the greenhouse gas reductions goals required by the Global Warming Solutions Act. By requiring ratepayers to subsidize new gas pipelines through an unprecedented energy tax, HD 3217 threatens to undermine the progress we have made to develop local wind and solar industries and the jobs that go with them.

2015 Clean Water Legislative Session Priorities

This legislative session Clean Water Action will focus on protecting Maryland's water resources and protecting communities from toxic pollution and emissions.

Our priorities are:

Toxic Free Kids Act - 2015

Boy with BallThe Toxic Free Kids Act would ensure consumers have important information about hidden, toxic chemicals in children’s products. Clean Water Action, as part of the Healthy Legacy Coalition, is supporting this important policy so that Minnesota children’s exposure to toxic chemicals is reduced.

Toxic chemicals have been found in children’s clothing, bubble bath, school supplies and other products. These chemicals have been found at high levels in kid’s bodies and are linked to a variety of health problems. Yet companies are not required to disclose what chemicals are in their products.

Rhode Island Legislative Priorities - 2015

Enact a producer responsibility program for Compact Fluorescent Bulbs.

CFL bulbs, while significantly more energy efficient and long-lasting than traditional light bulbs, contain 4 to 5 milligrams of mercury each. As long as the mercury is contained within the light bulb, it poses no harm to humans or the environment. But even small amounts of mercury can pollute drinking water, and when those light bulbs are tossed in the trash and crushed, the mercury in each can be released into the environment. In 2012, legislation was introduced by Representative Donna Walsh and Senator Ruggerio [S 2398/H7443] to expand extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs including a program for CFL bulbs. The bill would have required the Department of Environmental Management to create a product stewardship program that would involve manufacturers of CFLs in the responsibility for dealing with CFLs when they have reached the end of their useful lives. The bill was held for further study.

Oppose Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority

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Vote No On Senator Lee's Amendment 71 To Keystone Xl

Alaska Wilderness League • American Bird Conservancy • Center for Biological Diversity • Clean Water Action • Defenders of Wildlife • Earthjustice • Earthworks • Environment America • Food and Water Watch • The Lands Council • League of Conservation Voters • Natural
Resources Defense Council • San Juan Citizens Alliance • Sierra Club • Southern Utah
Wilderness Alliance • Uranium Watch • Western Organization of Resource Councils

January 22, 2015

Dear Senator,

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