The 2016 Rhode Island General Assembly is underway. Clean Water is supporting several bills to protect our health and communities from toxic chemicals in flame retardants, disclose the ingredients in cosmetics, move Rhode Island forward on clean energy, and help combat climate change.
Governor Wolf has announced a series of actions to reduce emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas over 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Please thank Governor Wolf for taking steps to protect the environment and public health and reduce climate change!
By Lynn Thorp, Campaigns Director - On Twitter (@LTCWA)
Our approach to drinking water protection - “Putting Drinking Water First” - feels light years away from the crisis in Flint, with seemingly nothing to offer based on what we have learned about the causes of this situation. Over 100,000 people are unable to use their tap water. Flint already had high levels of lead-poisoned children. Now those numbers have doubled. A Legionnaire’s disease outbreak may well be related. All because officials put the bottom-line first.
"Putting Drinking Water First”, exactly what officials didn't do in Flint, is animated by our belief that we can make smarter choices that will benefit us while keeping contamination out of our drinking water. It's focused on the need for 21st century thinking about how we handle pollution issues in a more integrated fashion. Ultimately, it’s optimistic thinking about making smart choices.
Unfortunately, we don't always do that.
Washington - Last night the President vetoed S.J. Res 22, a “Resolution of Disapproval” under the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Clean Water Rule, the Administration’s landmark initiative to restore critical Clean Water Act protections to our nation’s streams, wetlands and other water bodies.
Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass released this statement:
Six Flags Great Adventure wants to do a good deed but in a horrible way - build NJ's largest solar farm by clear cutting almost 70 acres of healthy Pinelands forest despite a perfect alternative location right next door - its 100-acre parking lot!
Diesel emissions are linked to asthma, cancer, and other health disorders, causing 21,000 premature deaths each year.
Families that live by busy diesel truck corridors and port communities are often hit the hardest. It's time to demand #ZeroEmissionNow!
Environmental and Public Interest Groups Urge Governor McAuliffe to Modernize Fracking Standards
Richmond, VA - Today, four environmental and public interest organizations joined forces to call on Governor Terry McAuliffe to conduct a comprehensive review of the state's safeguards on fracking.
HB 4297 and the Nesbitt energy plan is a step in the wrong direction, instead of a step toward making us a leader in clean energy policy. This proposed legislation would classify the burning of hazardous waste, including tires, as renewable energy and is nothing more than a cynical attempt to hijack Michigan’s renewable energy definition for the benefit of corporate polluters.