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The 2014 Clean Water Scorecard: Governor Snyder

The 2014 election season is underway. This year Governor Snyder will run for a second term as Governor of our great state. In the past four years, Governor Snyder has made promises about protecting Michigan’s energy, communities, and environment, especially the Great Lakes. The disconnect between Governor Snyder’s words and his actions tell the real story: he is not a true guardian of our environment or our communities.

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Clean Water Action Endorses Anthony Brown for Governor

Brown earns support through his unrivaled commitment to clean water, environmental justice, and cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay

BALTIMORE, MD. – Today, Clean Water Action endorsed Anthony Brown for Governor because of his commitment to environmental justice and cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay, support for preserving Maryland’s open space, and record of advancing wind and solar power.
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09/04/2014 - 10:56

We Bagged It!

After 6 years of advocating for a state-wide bag ban, and 121 local bag bans, Clean Water Action and our allies finally succeeded in passing a state-wide bag ban. That makes California the second state in the nation to ban single use plastic grocery bags.  SB 270 (Padilla and DeLeon) passed on August 29, 2014 and now it goes to Governor Brown’s desk for signature. It's a great win for California. Tell Governor Brown to sign this bill into law!

Join us for Electoberfest 2014

Join us for Electoberfest 2014

Thursday October 16 from 5:30 - 7:30 at the Hot Club

We need your help to educate and elect pro-environment candidates. Your support for our political programs is a long-term investment in preventing pollution, building an economy based on environmentally safe jobs and businesses, and empowering Rhode Islanders to take charge of our environmental future.

RSVP today - click here! 

The 2014 elections will be here before you know it and they will be critical in determining how Rhode Island will address environmental issues ranging from investments in public transportation to the protection of our drinking water supply, and from successful recycling to the prevention of air pollution.

Clean Water Action Endorses Booker for Senate

Cites stark contrast between Booker's clean road forward vs. Bell's dirty path from the past

Long Branch, NJ -- Clean Water Action* announced its endorsement of Cory Booker for US Senate at a joint press conference on the boardwalk here today. Amy Goldsmith, Clean Water Action, made the following statement.

"New Jersey's Senate race is especially critical this year. The balance of power is up in the air and we are at THE tipping point when it comes to the climate crisis, a clean green economy, a functioning government at even the most basic level and so much more.

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08/31/2014 - 10:30

Making Oil and Gas Play by the Same Rules

SB 1281 Will Provide the Tools California Needs to  Manage Water Use by the Oil and Gas Industry

Oakland - Yesterday the Legislature passed SB 1281 (Pavley), which requires disclosure and reporting of water use by oil and gas drilling companies. The bill also requires the reporting and disclosure of wastewater disposal locations and methods.  As the third largest oil producing state, and home to 17 refineries, California faces significant threats from drilling, fracking, and the transport of crude oil by rail. The passage of SB 1281 is one more step by the Legislature to protect California's families and communities from the impacts of fracking and other unconventional methods of oil extraction. Clean Water Action applauds Senator Fran Pavley for her leadership and urges Governor Brown to sign SB 1281 as soon as possible.

Update 9/26/14: Governor Brown signed SB 1281 into law on September 25. Thank you Governor for putting this important measure into place.

Miriam Gordon, Clean Water Action's California Director, released the following statement.

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08/29/2014 - 14:24

Clean Water for Delaware's Future

In March, Gov. Markell announced an ambitious “Clean Water for Delaware’s Future” plan to accelerate water cleanup for Delaware’s bays, rivers and streams, “within a generation.” The plan touts the many public health and economic and job creation benefits associated with clean water and aims to solve problems with toxic pollution, aging infrastructure, pollution from farming, and the need to protect and conserve forests and wetlands. Delaware’s industries must be “upgraded” to reduce their pollution impacts on water, the Governor says.

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
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