Passage of permanent reauthorization in March 2019 was a huge victory for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), for stakeholders around the country, and for bipartisan cooperation in Congress. Investments in our public lands and recreation opportunities support local economies and fuel a massive, homegrown, $887 billion outdoor industry.
Our democracy has been under assault for years by powerful special interests who want to buy their way into our government. They have helped elect politicians who put their needs first and then do everything they can to make sure they can’t be held accountable by voters – introducing strict voter ID requirements, gerrymandering districts so it’s nearly impossible for them to lose, and more.
The oil and gas industry, aided by the erosion of campaign finance laws and nearly boundless lobbying budgets, asserts enormous influence over legislative processes in real time while also enjoying legacy influence in regulatory frame- works. The results can be devastating to the health of the environment and the public.
On November 13, the Baltimore City Council is holding an investigative hearing on sewer backups and what the City is doing to solve this urgent public health and financial threat. Send them your comments about how dangerous sewage backups are, and what Baltimore City should be doing better to help.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed revisions to the Safe Drinking Water Act’s “Lead and Copper Rule.” The goal of the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) is to reduce lead in drinking water provided by regulated water systems. Increasing public concern has created momentum for tackling lead at the tap. It’s therefore disappointing that EPA chose not to require full replacement of lead service lines — the largest source of lead in drinking water — and stopped short of other measures to reduce exposure.
Please contact your State Representative now in support of the Children and Firefighters Protection Act.
On September 19, 2019, the Massachusetts Senate voted unanimously (38-0) to pass the Children and Firefighters Protection Act! Now the House must take action in order for the bill to move forward. Let your State Representative know that you want a ban on toxic flame retardants!
The Trump Administration is leaving American families vulnerable by stalling work to ban chemicals called organohalogen flame retardants in TV plastic casings.
TVs containing hazardous flame retardants in their plastic casings can release them into the air and dust—exposing a family in their own home. The European Union just took action to ban these dangerous chemicals. If Trump’s EPA won’t protect us, we need our biggest retailers to act.