Keeping drugs out of California’s waterways

We Can Keep Drugs Out of CA's WaterwaysThis year Clean Water Action is co-sponsoring SB 1014 (Jackson) which will require drug manufacturers to implement convenient programs for California consumers to dispose of unused or out of date medications safely.

Environmental and public health risks of unused medications

We are fortunate to live at a time when medical advances, including the development of antibiotics and other types of drugs, have enhanced and lengthened human life. Unused  medications, however, pose some risks to human health and the environment that are not widely recognized. When they get into the wrong hands, unused medications can lead to drug abuse and accidental poisonings. Pharmaceuticals are also ending up in our waterways, including drinking water sources.

Fracking Boom Would Increase California’s Earthquake Danger

On Shaky Ground - Get the ReportSAN FRANCISCO— Oil companies are increasing California’s earthquake risk by injecting billions of gallons of oil and gas wastewater a year into hundreds of disposal wells near active faults around Los Angeles, Bakersfield and other major cities, according to a new report from Earthworks, the Center for Biological Diversity and Clean Water Action.

A boom in hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in California would worsen the danger of earthquakes, the report finds, by greatly increasing oil wastewater production and underground injection. Extracting the Monterey Shale’s oil could produce almost 9 trillion gallons of contaminated wastewater, the report estimates. That could expose California to a surge in damaging earthquakes like those seen in Oklahoma, Texas, and other states experiencing rapidly increased fracking and wastewater production.

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03/13/2014 - 09:00

Californian's Speak Out on Fracking

Tuesday, January 14th marked the end of California's 60 day public comment period on proposed fracking regulations. Over the last two months Clean Water Action members and supporters have spoken, submitting thousands of comments calling for a halt to fracking in California. Residents across the state have turned out in record numbers to voice their concerns, packing public hearing rooms from Oakland to Santa Maria to Bakersfield to Long Beach to Sacramento to Long Beach. Clearly, the public has something to say about fracking, and clearly Californians don't want it happening in our state.

Read our comments on the proposed rules here and our letter to Governor Brown calling for a moratorium here.

Fracking in California


California Fails to Protect Drinking Water from Toxic “Erin Brockovich” Chemical

State’s New Standard 500 Times Higher Than Cal EPA’s Safe Level

SAN FRANCISCO (April 15, 2014) – The California Department of Public Health today announced its final drinking water standard for the toxic chemical hexavalent chromium made infamous in the film Erin Brockovich. The state’s new Maximum Contaminant Level of 10 parts per billion is 500 times greater than the level identified as safe by the California Environmental Protection Agency.

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04/15/2014 - 06:47

Canvass Director and Assistant Canvass Director Positions Now Available

Clean Water Action is the nation’s largest grassroots group focused on water, energy and environmental health.  Clean Water Action’s 1 million members participate in Clean Water Action’s programs for clean, water, prevention of health-threatening pollution, and creation of environmentally-safe jobs and businesses.  Clean Water Action’s nonpartisan campaigns empower people to make democracy work.

What’s in your medicine cabinet?

Support SB 1014!How about a dusty bottle of aspirin that’s been in there since you can remember?  Or those unused pain pills that you were given after a medical procedure “just in case you needed them?”  Then there are those antibiotics that you just didn’t finish last time you were sick.

Help us get unused medication out of our waterways - click here to send a message today!

Mind the Store

Mind the StoreAs the campaign to reform U.S. chemical safety policies continues on its multi-year path to update our laws in Congress, Clean Water Action has joined a related effort seeking leadership in safer chemicals and safer products from top retailers across the nation – the Mind the Store campaign.

Water Advocates Support State Drug Take-Back Bill

Oakland - Clean Water Action has signed on as a co-sponsor to State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson’s Senate Bill 1014. This bill will require drug manufacturers to develop, support, and implement programs for consumers to safely dispose of unused household medications similar to programs the industry implements in Canada and various European countries.

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03/11/2014 - 06:58

Take Action for a Time Out on Fracking!

SB 1132, introduced by Senators Holly Mitchell and Mark Leno, would put a moratorium on fracking, acidizing and other oil and gas well stimulation techniques in California. The bill would ensure that no fracking occurs while the state takes a hard look at the numerous risks that fracking poses to our water, air, health, climate and economy. It’s time to protect our communities and our water.

Click here to take action now. Tell your Senator to support SB 1132!

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