Letter to a Decision Maker

Protect Your Water from Toxic Pollution!

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.

  • SB 771 establishes a list of non-federally managed toxic waste sites and makes it easier to respond to any contamination of groundwater or drinking water that may occur.
  • SB 1071 raises the civil penalty the DEQ can issues for environmental violations from $10,000 to $25,000. Virginia's current cap pales in comparison to other states such as North Carolina, which can impose an administrative penalty of $15,000 to $32,500 per day depending on the violation. 
Take Action!

Send a message to your state Senator and Delegate them to "Protect our Water" from toxic pollution!

Legislature Can Reverse Christie’s Veto of Frack Waste Ban!

fracking cracked glassIn August, much to our disappointment and concern but not surprise, Governor Christie vetoed a key clean water bill (S1041) that would have banned the dumping of frack waste in New Jersey. 

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Maintain the Nuclear Moratorium in Minnesota!

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.

John Quigley has the experience needed to lead the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

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.

Protect Stormwater Funding from Gov. Larry Hogan

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.

Help Us Rid the Chesapeake Bay of Plastics!

Plastic bags account for a significant portion of trash and litter pollution in our neighborhood streets, communities, and waterways, including rivers and streams that flow to the Chesapeake Bay. Plastic microbeads, commonly used in cosmetics and personal care products, are so small they go down our drains, slip through water treatment plants, and end up in the Bay. The plastic particles are a danger to marine life that mistake microbeads for food.

Tell your legislator it's time to rid the Chesapeake Bay of plastics!

Tell your legislators: Support the Buffers Bill

Governor Dayton want

City Council: Don't Derail the Oil Train Resolution

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released a report that predicts that over the next 20 years there will be an average of 10 derailments annually at a cost of $4.5 billion and the potential of hundreds of deaths. Philadelphians are no strangers to these trains. You've seen them travel through our neighborhoods every day. You remember the two derailments that occurred locally - one of which threatened the Schuylkill River, a major drinking water source for Philadelphians.

Philadelphia City Council is finally taking a stand! On Thursday, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced Resolution 150129-A which:

Tell Governor Raimondo - Make climate change a priority!

Governor Gina Raimondo needs to hear from you.  As she sets her agenda for her first year in office, we want her to know that our health and the environment is a top priority. Send her a message today!

Tell MDEQ - Protet Communities from Sulfur Dioxide Pollution

SO2 Pollution in SE MichiganWe 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.

Take action to protect our communities.

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!   

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