End the Ban on Wind Power in Connecticut

Just wind small.jpgConnecticut remains the only state in the country to ban the construction of utility-strength wind turbines.  This ban started as a temporary halt until wind-specific siting regulations could be written, but anti-wind opponents seized upon this opportunity to block all wind development indefinitely. With input from Clean Water Action and other groups, the CT Siting Council drafted regulations to address health and safety issues related to wind power, such as maximum noise levels and distances from neighboring properties, but these proposed regulations are currently stuck in limbo. You can help us end the ban on wind power in Connecticut today - take action!

Petition: We Need Better Protections from Toxic Chemicals

Ask Governor Malloy to support more protective policies for our communities to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals in our everyday products - click here!

Did you know that of the 84,000 chemicals in consumer products we use every day, only about 200 have been safety tested and of those, 5 have been regulated?  There is growing consensus that exposure to toxic chemicals in consumer products is strongly linked to the following:

Clean Water Action applauds new Walmart policy on product ingredients

Walmart to Act on Health Harming Product Ingredients

Today Clean Water Action welcomed Walmart’s announcement this week that it will phase out up to 10 hazardous chemicals in the products they stock on their shelves and increase consumer right-to-know by requiring more transparency over product ingredients. This will result in a dramatic shift in product safety and give families more information about the often hidden ingredients in every day products like moisturizer, shampoos and household cleaners. This is a positive first step and Clean Water Acion applauds Walmart and hopes other retailers and manufacturers follow suit.

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09/13/2013 - 13:41

New England Currents | Late Summer 2013

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Late Summer 2013 Edition

Building Power: Community Partnerships

It’s no secret that the environmental health problems facing society, from rising rates of certain cancers and learning disabilities to the power of corporate polluters to the climate crisis, are daunting. These are complex and often long-term battles that call for smart strategies, persistence and tools that multiply this impact.

One of Clean Water Action’s most powerful answers to these often frustrating dynamics: tapping into the power of community partners who help shine the light on society’s need for a healthier New England while adding their creativity and knowledge of local issues to the mix. Clean Water Action works shoulder to shoulder with these partners to build a healthier tomorrow. Read on and meet a few of the leaders Clean Water Action is proud to have on the team. Read More

Power Plant Water Pollution Press Releases

New Report Shows 16 Coal-fired Power Plants in Michigan Discharge Toxic Pollution Highlighting Critical Need for Strong Federal Standards


Clean Water Action Joins Mind the Store Campaign

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Clean Water Action is joining the national effort by Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families’ Mind the Store Campaign to challenge the country’s top retailers to restrict the Hazardous 100 chemicals. The Hazardous 100 is a list of the most hazardous chemicals, such as triclosan, flame retardants and BPA, used in consumer products. 

Update: What happened on Clean Energy in the Legislature?

Learn More

  • SB 1138: An Act Concerning CT’s Clean Energy Goals
  • HB 6360: An Act Concerning the Comprehensive Energy Strategy
  • Budget: HB 6704 and Budget Implementer HB 6707
  • Senate Bill 203: Property Tax Exemptions for (Commercial) Renewable Energy Sources

Governor Malloy just signed new energy legislation into law this last Monday. Thanks to your support, we were able to work alongside other energy advocates and win some important victories this session.

But this year was also one of the most hostile years for clean energy in the past decade, with powerful efforts to roll back our state's clean energy commitments and raid our state's fund for clean energy, the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority. Because of your support and literally thousands of phone calls and letters to Representatives, protests, news stories and more, we were able to reduce the damage on both fronts.

Mealtime just got a little safer for babies

Advocates hail Senator-Elect Markey, FDA, for protecting children's health. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in response to a petition filed by Senator-Elect Ed Markey (D-MA), the FDA made a landmark announcement which will effectively ban the toxic chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) from infant formula packaging. This is the first time a member of Congress has effectively used this tool.

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07/11/2013 - 09:56

Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut Newsletter | July 2013

Help us continue to make Connecticut Safe and Healthy!

In this Issue

CSHC celebrates our accomplishments and continues to press on!

The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT was disappointed that our priority bill did not get called for a vote this session however, we have much to celebrate!!!  Look at what we accomplished together!!

Lawmakers Raid CT Clean Energy Funds; Diverse coalition says budget grab jeopardizes jobs, harms electric customers

Full release including statements from coalition organizations is downloadable here

HARTFORD, Conn – June 4, 2013 – A diverse coalition of environmental and consumer advocates, faith-based organizations, businesses, and labor organizations expressed disappointment over legislative raids of Connecticut clean energy funds, putting the state’s emerging clean energy and energy efficiency sectors in jeopardy and diverting funds from electric customers to plug budget gaps.

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