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which will require drug manufacturers to implement convenient programs for California consumers to dispose of unused or out of date medications safely.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

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

Don't Frack California! Rally

Report and Pictures coming soon!

On March 15th, thousands of Californians came together in Sacramento to demand a halt to fracking in our state. It’s time to stand up and tell our leaders: “Don’t Frack California!” In the midst of the worst drought on record and a major climate crisis, Governor Brown has failed to stand up to the oil industry and its plans for expansion in California. We joined our allies across the state with a unified message for the Governor and we hope you can join us. 

For more information on fracking and oil drilling in California, click here

For information on the new bill to halt fracking in California, SB 1132, click here

Testimony in the CA State House - 2014 Water Bond

Clean Water Action's Jennifer Clary testifying at the February 11th Senate Natural Resources and Water hearing on SB848, a proposed $6.875 billion water bond intended for the November 2014 ballot.


Watsonville officials peg cost of proposed drinking water rule in the millions

WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville officials say a proposed state regulation to tighten a drinking water standard would cost the city more than $26 million to install a treatment system and another $1.7 million each year for operations.

Consumer water bills would skyrocket 78 percent to cover the cost to meet the standard for the carcinogenic chromium 6 at eight of 12 municipal wells, according to city officials.

The City Council will consider a resolution Tuesday calling for the state to re-evaluate the cost versus benefit, and if the California Department of Public Health proposed regulation is adopted, to give cities additional time and funding to comply.
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States Grapple With Toxics Where Federal Action Fails

33 States To Consider Toxic Chemical Regulation In 2014
As meaningful federal toxic chemical reform languishes, state legislators are standing up to chemical industry pressure and acting to protect public health. Over half the country — at least 33 states — will consider policies in 2014 to address toxic chemicals in consumer products, according to an analysis by Safer States, a national coalition of state-based environmental health organizations.
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01/28/2014 - 10:54

Take Action - Stop Fracking California!

Along with thousands of concerned Californians, we are fighting to protect California from the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and other risky well stimulation processes like acidizing. You can join your neighbors, friends, and family to make sure we understand the risks of fracking, protect our communities, health, and water, and ensure that we don't undermine our climate and clean energy goals.

Take action today - click here!

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California Budget Proposal Would Move Clean Drinking Water Program

California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal would make a significant change to the state’s Safe Drinking Water Program.  Last year, the Department of Public Health came under fire for failing to spend almost a half billion dollars to provide drinking water to communities that need it.

Under Brown’s budget proposal, the State Water Resources Control Board would run the program in the future. Jennifer Clary, with Clean Water Action, says she’s glad the program will be taken from the Department of Public Health.

Clary: “There, the drinking water program was a program, within the division under an agency in a department so it was such a lot of red tape to go through to accomplish things that we just got discouraged.”
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