News & Updates

August 12, 2019

Today, the City of Boston announced a set of recommendations that will bring the city into the zero waste economy, moving away from a polluting waste system and creating good jobs for local residents.

August 12, 2019

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Clean Water Action’s ReThink Disposable program has completed a hugely successful two-year project in Alameda to “unpackage” the city by helping local food businesses dramatically reduce single-use disposables.

Stop Bernhardt!
August 9, 2019

Protect our Air, Lands, and Water 

During his tenure at the Department of the Interior, Bernhardt: 

  • Blocked the release of a report by his agency’s own scientists that detailed significant risks posted by several pesticides to over 1200 endangered species.

August 8, 2019

Members of the Environmental Justice (EJ) community, community leaders, youth, supportive elected officials and progressive advocates called on the Murphy Administration to make major strengthening changes to NJ's Draft 2019 Energy Master Plan (EMP).

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August 7, 2019

We appreciate many elements of Worcester’s proposed Clean City Program that will educate the public, create new waste programs, and reduce litter in the city.  However, the provision to mandate clear plastic bags for recycling is not going to reduce waste--in fact it is wasteful--and there is little empirical evidence to justify its inclusion.  

Protect our water today
August 5, 2019

In Michigan, water is part of our identity. We are the Great Lakes State, after all. We have a duty to protect our water to make sure we can drive our economy forward and ensure the health of our communities and families.

Unfortunately, President Trump does not take this responsibility seriously. His administration’s policies threaten Michigan’s water and communities in a number of ways.

South Platte River -- Photo credit: Jennifer Peters
August 2, 2019

Denver Water has proposed a bold plan to eliminate one of the largest sources of lead in its distribution system—lead service lines—while protecting public health. As an alternative to treating our drinking water with orthophosphate, a chemical that can pollute our rivers and lakes with the nutrient phosphorus, Denver would instead fully replace an estimated 75,000 lead service lines within 15 years.

August 1, 2019

“It’s unacceptable that oil companies are still injecting toxic wastewater into potential drinking water sources, in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Despite significant progress by state agencies in recent years to improve California’s Underground Injection Control program, the oil and gas industry still has far too much influence. State regulators need to stand up to fossil fuel interests and take more aggressive action to protect our water."

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July 31, 2019

As the Texas Hill Country adds population, more and more subdivisions want to send their sewage to treatment plants which discharge the treated effluent directly into creeks and rivers. Discharge of treated effluent into waterways is banned inside the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, where water percolates through cracks and fissures in the limestone creek beds directly into the sensitive Aquifer below. But the practice is still allowed just upstream in the Contributing Zone, even though waterways there flow directly into the Recharge Zone, taking whatever pollutants they contain with them.

Crookie Monster
July 25, 2019

David Bernhardt is already the most conflicted Interior Secretary in history, with so many conflicts of interest that he has to carry around a list of his former clients to remember them. On Saturday, August 3rd, Bernhardt’s two-year recusal period from doing business with his former clients will expire — meaning that DOI is officially open for corporate polluter business.