PFAS are a family of approximately 4700 human-made chemicals that are incredibly effective at combating oil fires as well as repelling grease, water, and stains. Original PFAS chemicals, known as PFOS and PFOA, are linked to cancer, high cholesterol, birth defects, suppression of vaccines, and other serious health effects.
In early March, Governor Whitmer announced her first state budget proposal. Much of the press coverage of Governor Whitmer’s budget so far has focused on her proposal to increase the gas tax by 45 cents per gallon ovcritical road infrastructure investments. The focus on a single aspect of the budget has resulted in several key components of the budget proposal, which would have significant impacts on our water, being neglected.
From 1990 until 1995, Michigan had the strongest “polluter pay” law in the country. If a corporation was responsible for contaminating our land, air, or water, that corporation was also responsible for cleaning up the mess they made. In 1995 the administration of former Governor John Engler, backed by their allies at the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, gutted the polluter pay law, and funding for environmental cleanups in Michigan has suffered ever since.
By now you’ve seen the news – Enbridge Energy is suing the State of Michigan in a last-ditch effort to enforce the flawed lame duck law to allow the construction of an oil tunnel for Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac. So far, Governor Whitmer and Attorney General Nessel are with us, but they need to know that they have broad public support to finally decommission Line 5 and protect our Great Lakes from a massive oil spill.
Can you take a few moments right now to email Governor Whitmer and Attorney General Nessel to thank them for taking action and urge them to stay strong?
Pennsylvanians are calling Governor Wolf today and letting him know that cutting methane pollution from existing oil and gas operations must be a central action to addressing the threat of climate change.
We must amplify our voices and, more importantly, make sure Governor Wolf’s actions speak the loudest. Join residents from across Pennsylvania today in calling into the Governor Wolf’s office and leaving a message urging him to act on climate change by directly implementing measures to control methane from existing oil and gas operations.
Did you know the Philadelphia Water Department found that plastic bags comprise 17% of the total debris recovered by their skimming operations? Philadelphia’s litter index and 311 reporting show that business associations and residents of Philadelphia’s underserved communities bear the heaviest burden of litter cleanups and that underserved communities also suffer a disproportionate burden to their health. Plastic pollution affects everyone though by reducing our quality of life, blighting our neighborhoods, and by contributing to water pollution and the degradation of our planet.
Recent reports about climate change – that it is impacting us right now and that we need to act before the window closes – should be a wake-up call. We must rapidly and dramatically reduce carbon pollution to assure that the global temperature does not rise more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. That seems dire, but there is a bright side – everything we do right now can help.
We’re making progress on PFAS! A bill to restrict PFAS chemicals in firefighting training exercises and in food packaging and food service ware was introduced and supporters like Clean Water Action testified in support at a public hearing on February 11th.
Now we need you!
We live here because of water – the rivers and lakes draw us and add to our quality of life. Minneapolis is recognized internationally for our parks and access to our lakes and rivers. We now have the opportunity to add to this great system.