SB 20 (Pavley): Last year’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) was passed in response to record levels of overpumping groundwater that have caused hundreds of wells to go dry and caused ground subsidence in some parts of the state. In the State Assembly, more than a dozen bills have been introduced to limit the scope of the groundwater legislation or delay its already slow implementation. Senator Pavley, on the other hand has introduced a bill that will help implement SGMA. SB 20 addresses a long-standing problem in state law that makes it illegal for the state to release critical information to the public.
Richmond, VA--As it considers whether to approve closure plans submitted by Dominion for leaking lagoons at plants like the Chesapeake Energy Center, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is facing increasing pressure from the public to clean up coal ash in a manner that is protective of both human health and the environment.
According to a new report released by Virginia Conservation Network in partnership with the Virginia League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Clean Water Action, and Earthjustice, every major region of Virginia contains coal ash ponds that are leaking and unstable, creating the potential for another major environmental catastrophe. Download the report (pdf).
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 Powerful New Film on the Toxic Dangers in Our Homes - Reserve your seat today for Toxic Hot Seat – May 28th
Are the flame retardant chemicals in your couch toxic?
Toxic Hot Seat, an HBO documentary, brings to light the deadly consequences of well-intentioned safety regulations. The film follows a courageous group of firefighters and mothers, journalists and scientists, politicians and activists as they fight to expose the chemical industry’s role in backing flammability standards that require toxic flame retardant use in our homes.
Big Polluters and their Dirty Water Allies in Congress are trying to block progress on closing polluter loopholes in the Clean Water Act. Contact Congress today and tell them you want them to stand up for your right to clean water!
Thanks to hundreds of thousands clean water supporters, the decade-long campaign to restore protections for wetlands and streams is nearing the finish line. The Obama administration will soon finish a new Clean Water Rule to close these polluter loopholes and ensure that the drinking water sources for 1 and 3 Americans are better protected from pollution and development. Polluters and their Dirty Water allies in Congress must not be allowed to stop or delay this long overdue progress for our water.
Tell Congress you want them to protect our nation’s vital water resources. If polluters are successful at blocking the Clean Water Rule, over 60% of our nation’s streams will remain vulnerable to pollution and development.
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.