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.
The 2018 legislative session in Minnesota is over, but that doesn't mean the work is done. We need to make sure Governor Dayton vetoes some bills that would be very bad for our water and our health.
On Tuesday morning, the Governor vetoed two of the session’s 3 biggest measures.
1. A supplemental budget bill that spends $131 million through mid-2019. It was full of policy provisions that would have:
More than 60 people across the United States have died while or after using deadly paint strippers containing the chemicals methylene chloride or N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP). Twenty-four year-old Steven Duarte of California was one of the victims of these unsafe products when he died while stripping a font in a church. That’s why more than 120,000 consumers across the country, including Clean Water Action members like you , have called on Lowe’s to stop selling these products.
On May 18, 2018 238 members of the US House of Representatives voted for the Dirty Water Rider on the Farm Bill. While the Farm Bill failed to get enough votes to pass, these Representatives went on record in support of gutting protections for streams, wetlands, and drinking water.
This isn't Congressional leaders' only attempt to put our water at risk. Republicans have attached similar Dirty Water Riders to must pass spending bills time and again, including two active proposals in the House.
Corporate polluters and their friends in Congress are pushing an extreme agenda to roll back vital laws, regulations, and funding that protect clean water, reduce air pollution, and fight climate change. Please urge your representatives in Congress to stand up for commonsense protections, and to reject budget cuts that undermine vital safeguards.
Last year, Clean Water Action, along with our partners in Fair Farms and the MD Keep Antibiotics Working coalition, passed legislation that phases out the use of antibiotics to treat healthy animals. Nationally, some of the largest chicken growers have already voluntarily committed to phasing out this overuse of antibiotics (and are in the process of implementation).