New England Currents - Fall 2014

New England Currents

Fall 2014 Edition 

The Underground Battle for Climate and Communities

Hundreds from across Massachusetts and New Hampshire rallied this summer on the Boston Common to protest an ill-conceived proposal for gas expansion through New England. This pipeline, the latest project of Texan billionaire Richard Kinder, would ship a massive quantity of gas — fracked straight from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale — through wetlands and watersheds, conservation lands, fruit orchards and private residential properties.

Public outcry, community organizing, and legal and political advocacy have made this a front-burner issue. “It’s time to set the record straight about the role of gas in our energy future,” says Clean Water Action’s Joel Wool. When you look carefully, Wool says, gas is neither cheap, homegrown nor reliable: Read more 

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

Thousands of Letters Delivered to EPA Leader on Banks of Connecticut River

Advocates Call For Stronger Protections for Local Rivers, Streams, and Wetlands

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09/29/2014 - 10:49

New England Currents I Summer 2014

New England Currents

Summer 2014 Edition 

A Letter From Your Drinking Water 

Dear New Englanders -

Here I am on my journey towards the Boston area, leaving the Quabbin Reservoir, on my way to your tap. Did you know that I save you millions of dollars with my well-buffered source water so pollution clean-up costs don't have to be added to your drinking water bill? (Don't worry, I get disinfected like all public drinking water supplies before you drink me, but cleanup needs are minimal because my sources are protected!)

My situation in New England, however, is a special one. Did you know that up until just last month, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a new proposal to restore Clean Water Act protections that were weakened under the Bush Administration, drinking water for 8.8 million New Englanders was at risk of being polluted... legally?

Group: Ban chemicals, protect kids

HARTFORD -- A coalition of lawmakers and child advocates said Tuesday toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other diseases must be banned from children's products and canned goods.
"A decade ago, I pretty much poisoned my kids on a daily basis with their car seats and jewelry that they put in their mouths," said state Rep. Kim Fawcett, D-Fairfield. "I never knew that the federal government would allow these products to be exposed to my children."

Fawcett joined a group of legislators and advocates to urge the General Assembly to support a trio of bills designed to remove harmful chemicals from food and children's products, or at least let parents know the substances are there.

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Children’s Committee Approves Bills To Protect Kids From Toxic Chemicals

Urban says, “Children’s health is of prime importance”

HARTFORD – Members of the Legislature’s Children’s Committee today approved a group of four bills designed to protect Connecticut children from the harmful effects of toxic chemicals exposure. All four bills now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.

“As we gain information on the negative impacts of toxic chemicals on our growing children, it is imperative that we protect them,” said Representative Diana Urban (D-Stonington), House Chair of the Children’s Committee. “These bills send a message that children's health is of prime importance in Connecticut and we are committed to the well-being of every child.”
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03/11/2014 - 07:27

CT Children’s Committee Holds Public Hearing On Bills To Protect Kids From Toxic Chemical Exposure

HARTFORD –State Representative Diana Urban (D-Stonington) and Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT Coordinator Anne Hulick RN, MSN, JD together held a press conference today to draw attention to legislation before the General Assembly aimed at protecting children from the numerous illnesses and disorders that have been associated with toxic chemical exposure.  Joined by many lawmakers, health and advocacy organizations and members of the public, Urban and Hulick outlined the bills and urged support.

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03/06/2014 - 07:18

Public Health Committee Approves Bill To Protect Kids From Toxic Chemicals

HARTFORD – Members of the Public Health Committee today approved a bill designed to protect Connecticut children from toxic chemicals in consumer products. Senate Bill 126 would authorize the CT Department of Public Health to monitor chemicals that are toxic to children’s health and development and make suggestions on how to reduce exposure to the most egregious of these chemicals in the form of a report to lawmakers every two years.  The bill now goes to the Senate Floor for consideration.
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03/10/2014 - 07:13

Coalition seeks to end toxicity in children’s products

Since 2007, the members of the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut have been working tirelessly to raise awareness of dangerous chemicals in products used by children. The last of these informational meetings before the bills would be voted on in committee in the state House and Senate was presented at the Stafford Public Library on April 7 by Susan Eastwood, the group’s communications director. The event was sponsored by the Stafford Grange and featured the showing of a short film called “Contaminated without Consent.”
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The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut - April 2014 Newsletter

Join the CT Campaign for Toxic Free Kids!

The Coalition has been extremely busy working on bills to protect children’s health!  We are thrilled that we have two similar bills moving forward during this short legislative session.  Both bills will set up a framework in the state in which the DPH will identify chemicals that pose an exposure hazard to a developing fetus and young children and make recommendations for action to the Legislature every two years! 
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