U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator and former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler is rapidly dismantling the first-ever national protections to safeguard communities from coal ash, one of the largest industrial toxic waste streams. Coal ash contains deadly substances, including carcinogens like arsenic, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium, and neurotoxins such as lead and lithium. Because coal ash is stored uncovered in unlined pits near rivers or lakes, toxic chemicals can seep into groundwater and contaminate nearby water bodies.
Will you send an email to all fourteen companies that earned F grades? These companies, including Ulta, Starbucks, and TJ Maxx/Marshalls need to hear from you.
Please sign a petition to Governor Baker and the members of the Massachusetts legislature to urge them to protect our health from toxic chemicals.
If we’re serious about addressing climate change then we should be incentivizing renewable energy, not oil and gas. Unfortunately, that’s not what’s happening in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed legislation (HB 1100) approving a large giveaway to the fossil fuel industry using your hard-earned taxpayer dollars. Email your legislators and Governor Wolf TODAY and urge them to support a veto of HB 1100.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) are letting polluters use the COVID-19 crisis as an excuse to avoid regulations put in place to protect public health and the environment. These actions preceded a similar step taken by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The RRC regulates most oil and gas operations in Texas, while the TCEQ regulates most other discharges into water and air and onto land.
In light of the current public health crisis, access to clean water and sanitation services for the health and safety of our communities should be the top priority. Water shut-offs in Detroit and across Michigan pose a serious public health risk. This public health risk impacts not only those individuals and families that have already or are at risk of having their drinking water shutoff by their public water supply, but all residents of Michigan.
Plastic pollution is choking our oceans, trashing our streets, and polluting our bodies. We need to act now to reduce the spread of single-use disposable plastic in San Francisco.