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DC Water Proposes Innovative Pollution Solution

A new proposed “green infrastructure” initiative could save energy and beautify neighborhoods while reducing pollution coming from sewer pipes in the District of Columbia. DC Water, the regional water and sewer authority that provides drinking water to DC residents and manages wastewater for the Washington metropolitan region, hopes to modify a legal settlement aimed at fixing sewage pollution in Rock Creek and the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers.

North Carolina Coal Ash Spill Flows to Virginia

Coal ash on the Dan River - Courtesy of Waterkeeper AllianceIn 2012, when Duke Energy’s Dan River coal-fired power plant in Eden, North Carolina was retired, many local residents may have thought that they were now free of the plant’s worst pollution. Unfortunately, plants of this type can leave a lasting pollution legacy, including coal ash waste which can remain toxic for decades. At the Dan River plant the coal ash was stored in an unlined pond on the edge of the Dan River.

In February 2014, a storm water pipe under the pond broke, draining toxic coal ash into the Dan River. By the time the pipe had been sealed a week later, 27 million gallons of slurry and 80,000 tons of coal ash had been dumped into the river, causing untold economic and environmental damage. The Dan River supplies drinking water to the town of Danville, just across the border in Virginia.

The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut - June 2014 Newsletter

Legislative Session Wrap-Up

We were very disappointed that Senate Bill 126 did not get called for a vote during this short legislative session; however, we are so proud of all the accomplishments we achieved together! Here is a list of some of the highlights: 

  • Formally launched the CT Campaign for Toxic Free Kids along with a website and Facebook page
  • Had broad support of our bill from the Department of Public Health and 47 legislative co-sponsors
  • Conducted dozens of presentations and community forums across the state
  • Two legislative committees took the lead in introducing our bill
  • Had two positive meetings with Governor Malloy’s staff to garner support
  • Had numerous opinion pieces and letters to the editor in newspapers around the state
  • Partnered with the owner of Brown Saddle Films, film producer Ed Brown and business leaders in Greenwich to screen “Unacceptable Levels” and discuss our legislative work
  • Hosted an amazing Rally at the Capitol with numerous Coalition partners, legislative champions, activists and former UCONN men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun urging support of our bill to protect children’s health.
  • Delivered petitions with thousands of signatures to Governor Malloy urging him to support our bill

Clean Water Action Endorses Candidates Throughout Michigan

The grassroots organization announces key 2014 endorsements


LANSING, MI – Today, Clean Water Action, Michigan’s largest environmental and conservation organization, formally endorsed candidates across Michigan. Below is a list of the organization’s endorsements.

“The candidates we have endorsed have made protecting our Great Lakes among their top priorities,” said Nic Clark Michigan Clean Water Action Director. “We have great confidence that they will stand with Michiganders and make great strides toward protecting our Great Lakes, environment, and communities.”

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07/31/2014 - 14:49

A Clean Water Champ for Senate

Sara Lu and Senator Udall

State Director Sara Lu with Senator Udall

This fall we have a pretty simple choice:  we can re-elect a clean water champion who will stand up for people across Colorado or give deep pocketed polluters one more ally in the US Senate. That’s why Clean Water Action is proud to stand with Senator Mark Udall and endorse him for re-election.

Senator Udall is a long-time leader on environmental priorities. He has led the way on renewable energy as well as protecting our water and our lands. Most notably, Mark Udall:

DC Bids Polystyrene Foam Good-Bye!

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On July 14th Washington, DC became the first major city on the East Coast to ban polystyrene foam food containers! Clean Water Action has been campaigning around this issue for months and thanks its many supporters who wrote letters in support of the ban to City Council members.  These harmful petroleum-based containers are non-biodegradable and account for up to a fourth of the trash polluting the Anacostia River.  Banning polystyrene is huge victory for the District and is an essential step in cleaning up the city’s rivers, wetlands and streams.  

D.C. Bans Polystyrene Foam Food Containers

Washington, D.C - Yesterday, July 14th 2014, the D.C Council voted unanimously to pass the ban on polystyrene foam food containers, as a part of the D.C. Omnibus Act of 2013. The ban will cover carryout food containers at grocery stores, restaurants and take out locations. This includes items like clamshells, cups, plates, etc. and will take effect January, 2016. In 2017, all disposable food ware will have to be recyclable or compostable.

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07/15/2014 - 16:33

Tools for Talking to Candidates

blue_window_sign.jpgThe 2014 election season has begun and it is time to start talking to our candidates about toxic chemicals.

In 2014 the Governor and all of the Minnesota House are up for election. We have an opportunity to change our toxic legacy by talking with candidates about the importance of protecting children's health from toxic chemicals in our consumer products.

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Michigan Currents l Spring/Summer 2014

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Protect Pure Michigan

 Hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing and other outdoor activities are part of Michigan’s culture and way of life. Nearly 84% of Michiganders feel that outdoor recreation is important. 194,000 Michigan jobs and more than $1.4 billion in state and local tax revenues come from outdoor recreation. 
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Clean Water Action’s “Protect Pure Michigan” campaign, launched earlier this year, seeks to protect the state’s air, land, water and Great Lakes from climate change impacts and dangerous pollution. The campaign traveled to Traverse City to speak with business owners there who often rely on tourism to keep their doors open and organized a “business after hours” event at Right Brain Brewery. There, Crystal Mountain Ski Resort CEO, Jim MacInnes, spoke about climate change impacts on his business. Read more 

Minnesota Currents | Spring-Summer 2014

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spring/summer 2014 edition

Great Lakes Lobby Day in DC

In early March, the Great Lakes came to the Nation’s Capital. The Annual Great Lakes Day is a gathering of Great Lakes advocates from across the region, who bring their love and passion for the Great Lakes to Members of Congress. Clean Water Action helped recruit and organize the Minnesota delegation of nearly a dozen community members, local government officials, and business owners.

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