Clean Water Action’s team launched into action on Friday, June 2nd to mobilize a large group of advocates and environmental leaders to sign on to a “Thank you” letter to Governor Malloy for announcing that Connecticut would be the 4th state to join the newly formed U.S.
June 14th, 2017 was a milestone for Connecticut as members of Clean Water Action and the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT joined with the Commissioners from the Departments of Consumer Protection (DCP), Public Health (DPH) and the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) as they announced the launch of a new initiative to identify and list chemicals of concern to children and to put helpful fact sheets and scientific information on a dedicated website, making access to information easy for all Connecticut residents.
Environmentalists held a news conference Tuesday, on the one-year anniversary of a train derailment in the Howard Street Tunnel at the Mount Royal Station.
Thirteen rail cars toppled over, but there were no chemical leaks.
Activists, however, recalled a much more serious incident in July 2001, when a massive water main break in downtown Baltimore triggered a major train derailment and fire in an underground tunnel.
The incident forced the postponement of a Baltimore Orioles game, as hazmat crews worked for days to contain the underground blaze.
165,000 people in Baltimore live in the blast zone near the tracks these trains travel on.
Many are calling on city leaders to restrict the flow of those coming through the city.
“It endangers our city, in a state that doesn’t even approve fracking,” said Baltimore City Council member Mary Pat Clarke.
Archie says his kids go to public schools in that zone and he often fears the worst.
“I expect to go pick my kids up from school,” Archie said. “There’s no guarantee that you would do that with these trains doing this.”
Jennifer Kunze, Maryland organizer for Clean Water Action, an environmental group with 8,000 members in Baltimore, cited a train explosion that killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, in 2013 as evidence of the threat faced by those who live near the tracks. About 165,000 Baltimoreans live in what's known as the "blast zone" that could be affected by an explosion, she said.