Great Lakes advocates from across Minnesota braved storms and rain and snow to get to Washington, DC in early March for 2013 Great Lakes Days. Snows in Minnesota and around the Washington, DC area did not deter the hardy group that made it to this annual event hosted by the Healing Our Waters–Great Lakes Coalition. Clean Water Action and other Great Lakes supporters from across the basin met with Members of Congress, urging them to maintain support for federal Great Lakes restoration and protection efforts.
In meetings with staff from each of Minnesota’s Representatives and Senators, Great Lakes supporters called for:
By Deanna White
This is the time of year when thoughts turn to spring… even with the possibility we might see more snow. For many, spring means Earth Day — the annual celebration of environmental protections.
This Earth Day, I hope we will have much to celebrate. Votes in the Minnesota Legislature will determine the fate of a number of bills that could have a huge impact on our environment and public health.
With the Minnesota Legislature well underway, Clean Water Action is working overtime to pass new measures to protect Minnesotans’ water and health. The biggest push this year is for laws to protect children from toxic chemicals in the products they use every day.
Two of Clean Water Action’s priorities are bills to ban bisphenol-A (BPA) in children’s food packaging and formaldehyde-releasing chemicals in children’s personal care products. BPA is a known hormone disruptor, and formaldehyde can cause asthma and other respiratory problems. Both bills have already passed through several State Senate and House committees over the past two weeks.
Record numbers of anti-environment candidates were elected to Congress and the Minnesota Legislature in 2010. That power shift brought a significant negative impact on Minnesota’s water, environment, and communities. Actions by both bodies to roll back the bedrock laws that keep polluters from destroying the environment have earned them the label as two of the most anti-environmental governing bodies in history.
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By Charles Griffith - Climate & Energy Program Director, Ecology Center
In a great example of a good start, Ann Arbor’s city council approved a plan earlier this month to further prepare the city’s infrastructure to support plug-in electric vehicles. The resolution calls on city staff to review permit and planning processes, as well as zoning codes, to remove barriers to creating plug-in infrastructure. The resolution also requires the city’s administrator to consider adding plug-in vehicles as part of the city’s fleet.
A manufacturer-run program for collecting mercury thermostats is failing to keep the toxic heavy metal out of the trash—and the environment. Turning Up The Heat II estimates that, at most, the industry recycling program has captured 8% of mercury thermostats coming out of service in the past decade. This has resulted in the disposal of over 50 tons of mercury into the environment, which can expose people to the neurotoxin through fish consumption.
HB 6526 Toxics Disclosure and Innovation for Healthy Children. This bill will:
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Hands Off New Jersey's Water!
There’s an expression we use a lot in New Jersey: “Jersey Strong”. We are proud of our strength and resilience and our ability to stand up to anything. Superstorms, superbugs, superfund sites — you name it, we (think) we can conquer it.
But New Jerseyans aren’t going to be
“Jersey Strong” much longer if a bill that will weaken New Jersey’s
drinking water quality makes its way through the New Jersey Legislature.
The new legislation (A2123), sponsored by Assemblyman John Burzichelli
(D-Gloucester), proposes to add industry representatives to the Drinking
Water Quality Institute (DWQI). This would allow polluting interests to
decide what level of contaminants end up in New Jersey tap water — as
if the state’s drinking water situation wasn’t already bad enough. Read More