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.
We know that exposure to sulfur dioxide (SO2)—even briefly—can have significant impacts to our health. SO2 exposure can aggravate asthma, existing heart disease and other respiratory illnesses.
The impacts from SO2 pollution affect communities across the state,
especially in Southeast Michigan. The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) has found that SO2 levels in Wayne County exceed levels
that are safe for human health.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has an opportunity to address this health and environmental justice crisis. Take action today – Tell the MDEQ to set plans and permits that protect our public health and environment!
Last week, President Obama vetoed bill that would have forced approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The decision on the pipeline remains in the hands of the Administration now that federal agencies have commented on the project’s potential impacts. Please thank the President for this action, and for standing up to protect clean water and to take on climate change.