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

Moran, Ellison Lead Charge to Strengthen Clean Water

Washington D.C. -- Representative Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee, and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) were joined by 72 Members of Congress in urging EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to finalize stricter clean water regulations, which would limit discharges from coal-fired power plants.

A copy of the letter and a list of signatories is available here.

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01/27/2014 - 12:27

From the Blog: What Have We Learned from West Virginia?

By Michael Kelly, Communications Director

Three weeks ago nearly 300,000 West Virginians lost their tap water because of a spill at a chemical storage facility less than a mile and half from an intake for the region’s drinking water. Cities and businesses were shut down and people couldn’t use their water for more than five days. Numerous failures led to this disaster, including a lack of state inspection of the facility for the last decade to the lack of health data available on the chemical.

The question is, what have we learned?

  1. We need stronger safeguards to protect drinking water sources from disasters like the Freedom Industries spills and everyday pollution from coal plants and other industrial activities
  2. We need to know more about the chemicals in use around us every day and we must reforms to our chemical management policies
  3. It’s time to put drinking water first

Read more at We All Live Downstream

From the Blog - The Only Good Thing to Come from the WV Spill

By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director

For the last few days, hundreds of thousands of people in West Virginia were miserable.  Not only were they concerned about their health in the face of the chemical spill at Freedom Industries, but they did not have water for other daily needs including taking baths and showers or washing clothes.  And yet, there was one positive thing about the last six days and part of me wishes it wouldn’t end.

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New Study Finds Exposure To Toxic Phthalates In Decline; Consumer Demand For Safe Cosmetics A Factor

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ advocacy campaigns have changed consumer and industry behavior

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01/15/2014 - 07:12

Clean Water Action Statement on Chemical Spill in West Virginia

Last week’s chemical spill at Freedom Industries in Charleston, WV illustrates the importance of robust oversight of facilities and activities which threaten drinking water sources. It also illuminates the challenges faced by the nation’s Public Water Systems to ensure that their customers have the water they need. Even today, several hundred thousand people and numerous businesses are still without the tap water upon which they rely for drinking, cooking, bathing, serving customers and other aspects of daily life.

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01/13/2014 - 10:33

From the Blog - How did the West Virginia Chemical Disaster Happen?

By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director

Thursday's chemical spill in West Virginia, which has resulted in undrinkable and unusable tap water for hundreds of thousands of people, definitely falls into the category of Things We Are Not Doing to Put Drinking Water First.  As readers of this blog know, we are committed to identifying activities which put our drinking water at risk and to solving those problems before they get into the treatment plant or in fact into your kitchen sink. Here are some of the questions we have today:

  •  Why allow a storage tank containing tens of thousands of gallons of a chemical, which could cause problems if it leaks, to be situated where it could ever leak into a drinking water sources, in this case the Elk River?
  •  Why does it appear that the company responsible for this tank did not know it was leaking?
- See more here

We're staying on top of this developing story. Check back for more next week.

Groups to EPA: Science Confirms Importance of Streams and Wetlands

For Immediate Release
December 18th, 2013


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12/18/2013 - 09:19

Clean Water Action Testimony on EPA's Connectivity Report

EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Public Meeting on Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters:  A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence                                                    

Testimony from Jennifer Peters on behalf of Clean Water Action                                                             December 16, 2013                        

We Need a More Comprehensive Federal Budget Deal

December 12th, 2013

Dear Chairwoman Mikulski, Chairman Rogers, and Ranking Members Shelby and Lowey:

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