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New England Currents - Summer 2015

New England Currents
summer 2015 edition

New England Wants Clean Energy Now!

New England Wants Clean Energy Now
Communities across New England are fighting for clean energy. Despite a utility-backed push to expand gas pipelines and suppress solar power, states are making progress and building powerful coalitions to fight for a low-carbon, economically just future. Read more

Interns Make Our World Go Round!

Clean Water Action’s internship program provides a great opportunity for young people to learn the skills of environmental organizing while making meaningful change. Here we’ve shared interviews with Ayanna Hampton and Rachel Fricke who joined the Clean Water Action Massachusetts team for their winter/spring semester and a profile of Nicole Harrison from the Rhode Island team. Thank you Ayanna, Rachel and Nicole! Read More

Chesapeake Currents - Summer 2015

Chesapeake Currents
summer 2015 edition

2015 Maryland Legislative Update

Years of clean water victories came under siege in Maryland’s 2015 legislature. Clean Water Action responded with ramped up efforts to educate sixty-eight new legislators and the new Governor, Larry Hogan, about the importance of preserving the state’s legacy of landmark protections for water resources and healthy communities. Read more

 

Pennsylvania Currents - Summer 2015

Pennsylvania Currents
summer 2015 edition

Thousands Ask for Stricter Drilling Rules

This April, the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released changes to its 2014 proposed oil and gas regulation revisions. Though DEPs latest proposals follow tens of thousands of comments from the public, advocates, issue experts and industry and reflect some improvement, Clean Water Action believes further changes are still needed.

For example, DEP would continue to allow open pits for storing gas drilling wastes. While open pits on well sites would now be banned, industry would still be allowed to use huge off-site pits, each serving multiple wells — pits as large as two football fields and holding 15 million gallons of toxic wastewater. Read more

New Jersey Currents - Summer 2015

New Jersey Currents
summer 2015 edition

Don't Let Exxon Off the Hook!

By David Pringle, New Jersey Campaign Director

New Jersey courts have repeatedly found Exxon and its Linden and Bayonne refineries liable for 100 years of pollution and destruction of 1500 acres of forest, wetland, tideland, meadow, groundwater and waterways.

The company is on the hook for basic clean-up costs and natural resource damages (NRD, additional costs for restoration and the public’s lost use of land, water and other natural resources). However, Exxon has dragged its feet on the clean-up and is still contesting the assessed NRD.

Just before a judge was to rule on how much Exxon would be forced to pay in NRD, the Christie Administration proposed a settlement. Although the state’s own scientific experts documented $8.9 billion in NRD at the two refinery sites, the settlement proposes only $225 million — less than 3 cents on the dollar. Read more

TAKE ACTION! State lawmakers must ensure any settlement funds go to restoration not the General Fund. Learn more and contact them here.

Autumn Toast to a Healthy Environment 2015

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Save the Date! Sunday, October 4, 2015

autumn toast 2014Attend Clean Water Action's 6th annual Autumn Toast to a Healthy Environment on Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 1-4 pm at the Pine Barrens Golf Club in Jackson, NJ.

#MakeExxonPayMore Day of Action!

makeexxonpaymoreThank you everyone who came out for our #MakeExxonPayMore Day of Action! The comment period ends today on the outrageous Christie Administration agreement with ExxonMobile that lets it off the hook for over 100 years of polluting our air, water, and land.

Submit your comment period by June 5 at 5 pm.

After years of litigation, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection is proposing to enter a settlement agreement with Exxon Mobil for significantly less money than estimated damages, impacting hundreds of sites across New Jersey.

The CSHC Newsletter - May 2015

We’re working hard to protect your health!!

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Mind the Store—pushing top retailers to shift away from toxic chemicals—and winning!

The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT continues to work with our national colleagues on the Mind the Store campaign.  We identified the top 10 retailers and are urging them to move away from using toxic chemicals in their products.  Over the past months, we’ve had several major successes:

A "D" on the Environment

The Florida legislature officially adjourned on May 1, 2015, which can be considered to be one of the worst legislative sessions in the past decade. Annually, Clean Water Action gives the overall session a grade and our state leaders received an unflattering grade of a D-. Why the low rating? Learn more here.

Climate and Energy Updates in Connecticut

We have a chance to recover our momentum on Connecticut's fight against climate change pollution. The Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs are convening a meeting on kick-starting the climate plan.

The big news: Governor Malloy has committed to be there in person! He will also be joined by Keri Enright-Kato, new Director of the Office of Climate Change at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. 

This is the best chance we've had in years for real climate action.

Capitol Update: Florida Lawmakers Putting Water Quality And Conservation At Risk

The Florida Legislature has been in session since less than a week and already the state’s water policy is under attack.  HB 7003, crafted by the Department of Agriculture, will delay clean-up of pollution and will shelf already established water quality standards.

This means we are backsliding on existing commitments to clean-up Florida’s largest lake – Lake Okeechobee. Lawmakers want to use a voluntary phosphorous pollution called best management practices (BMP’s) control program rather than tie pollution to permits and how much pollution the lake can actual handle. This jeopardizes the drinking water supply of millions of south Florida residents, tourism-based industries that rely on healthy coastal communities.

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