Last year's chemical spill into the Elk River in West Virginia, coal ash spill in the Dan River near Danville, and train derailment into the James River in Lynchburg prove that accidents happen. The risks posed by toxics jeopardize the quality of our water sources and our health.
Two pending bills, SB 771 and 1071, would make it easier to identify hazardous waste sites in Virginia and strengthen state's ability to protect your water and other valuable resources.
In 1994, Minnesota enacted a moratorium on construction of new nuclear power plants. The moratorium was put in place because of concerns about nuclear waste storage. Today, some legislators in St Paul want to repeal the moratorium and open the door for new nuclear power plants to be built in Minnesota. Send a message your legislator urging them to oppose the repeal of the nuclear moratorium.
Next to the governor, no one is more important to environmental protection in Pennsylvania than the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). We need someone heading the agency that has experience, is committed to the agency's mission of a cleaner environment, and is ready to tackle the environmental challenges facing our Commonwealth.
John Quigley is that person. He has an impressive record of public service, led an effort that developed the nation's first environmental siting standards for wind energy development, and partnered with the Clinton Climate Initiative to develop a business plan for the first carbon capture and storage network proposed in the world.
Thank you for helping to defeat Governor Hogan's stormwater funding repeal bill last week. But our work's not done, now we need to stop Senate President Miller's stormwater bill SB 863.
President Miller says he just wants to revise the stormwater management funding law passed in 2012, but his bill will certainly have unintended consequences for clean water. Giving the 10 cities and counties who have already created fair and equitable programs to clean up stormwater pollution the opportunity to shelve their program will not keep the tens of millions of gallons of polluted runoff out of our rivers, streams and the Bay.