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. 

Support AB 356 to Protect Aquifers from Drilling

Support AB 356 Today! The drought is on everyone's mind, and all Californians are being asked to conserve water. Oil companies however, are continuing to put drinking water aquifers at risk. As new data emerges, it seems every few weeks  more disturbing facts come to light about oil and gas injection wells that may polluting good groundwater. 

"California officials have identified 260 oil company wastewater injection wells that are so shallow or so close to wells used for drinking or irrigation that they could threaten the state’s precious groundwater supplies, new data show." – San Francisco Chronicle May 18, 2015

Take action to make sure that oil companies can no longer inject into potential drinking or irrigation water sources!

Vote May 19th to give the environmental a voice

vote button with stars and stripesTo tackle the issues confronting our municipalities, counties, and commonwealth we need voices in government that share our commitment to protecting public health and our environment. In the upcoming primary, Clean Water Action has endorsed the following candidates because they have demonstrated this commitment in their personal and professional lives.

Ban Plastic Microbeads in California!

A single tube of facial cleanser or toothpaste can contain 3,500 plastic microbeads, which are used as exfoliants or simply to add color.  These beads  are rinsed down the sink or shower drain and end up being sent to sewage treatment plants that are not designed to remove floating plastics. Approximately 38 tons of plastic microbead pollution are discharged into California’s waterways and the ocean every year.  Take action today!

21st Century Water Proclamation

Clean Water Fund is also working on New Jersey Future's Urban Mayors Committee requesting Mayors to adopt a Proclamation that will encourage cities to make additional investments in 21st-century water infrastructure:
  • Strengthen the municipality by protecting public health and the environment, as well as enhancing its attractiveness, livability and safety, while making it more resilient to extreme weather events and natural disasters;
  • Enable economic growth by reliably and efficiently delivering safe and adequate drinking water, wastewater and stormwater management services that meet the needs of municipal residents and businesses today and into the future;
  • Employ state-of-the-art technologies and best management practices that generate multiple benefits -

Oyster Creek

The situation continues to deteriorate at the Oyster Creek nuclear plant in Lacey Township, New Jersey.

Federal regulators are moving toward increased oversight following an unplanned, emergency shutdown this month after valves that control steam pressure malfunctioned . It was the fifth unplanned shutdown since 2013, and as time goes by for the corroding dinosaur plant, mechanical problems continue to mount. Investigators are looking for the cause, and also determining if plant owners, Exelon, are skipping costly repairs and maintenance since the plant will close in 2019.

Celebrating 35 Years in Maryland

35 years in marylandPlease join Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund on Thursday, June 4, 2015 to celebrate 35 Years in Maryland!

We hope you can join us 6:00-8:00 pm at Marie Louise Restaurant in Baltimore. The event will feature "Field to Stream" - reflections by former Directors Dru Schmidt-Perkins & Andy Fellows.

RSVP Today! Tickets are $40. Includes appetizers and a drink. Click here to purchase your tickets.

Lowe’s to Eliminate Toxic Phthalates in Flooring by End of 2015

Retail Chain Joins The Home Depot in Eliminating Harmful Chemicals, While Lumber Liquidators, Ace Hardware and Menards Lag Behind

(Hartford, CT) Matching a commitment from The Home Depot to eliminate phthalates in flooring by the end of the year, Lowe’s has become the latest retailer to pledge to eliminate the toxic chemicals, according to Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. The retailer made the commitment following a recent report, which found that 48 percent of Lowe’s flooring samples tested contained toxic phthalates. Lowe’s is the second largest home improvement retailer in the country. The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT has also urged Lowe’s to match The Home Depot commitment.

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05/07/2015 - 07:45

New Michigan Pipeline Secrecy Bill Slammed; Industry Proposal Would Hide Safety Records

LANSING—Citizens groups sharply criticized proposed legislation introduced today that would permanently block public access to pipeline safety records in Michigan, including for high-risk pipelines running through the Straits of Mackinac operated by the controversial Canadian oil conglomerate Enbridge, Inc.  

The sweeping bill, House Bill 4540, which would amend Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act, goes beyond federal rules governing pipeline records disclosure.  It would exempt virtually all oil and natural gas pipeline information from public disclosure and is being sought by Enbridge, responsible in 2010 for the nation’s largest inland oil spill near Kalamazoo.  

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05/05/2015 - 15:07

Department of Transportation Misses the Mark In Protecting The Public and the Environment From Unsafe Oil Trains

Final Rule continues to unnecessarily expose communities and the environment to more danger

Philadelphia, PA – Today, the Department of Transportation (DOT) released its Final Rule on Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains. The final rule confirms what many suspected – it is business as usual for the crude by rail industry.  Despite the horrific oil train derailments that continue to occur across North America that have led to deaths, injury, and environmental damage, the public can continue to expect more oil train derailments for years to come.

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05/01/2015 - 14:58
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