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2013 New England Legislative Round Up

Clean Water Action’s New England team is promoting a suite of innovative measures to protect health, stimulate the green economy and advance environmental justice. Together with Clean Water Action members, community partners and allies, we’re making a big push to make progress throughout the region in 2013. This overview covers the latest from your state. Please join Clean Water Action and speak out in support of clean air, clean water and healthier communities.


Campaign drives are under way to support clean energy and chemical safety advances.

Toxics: Clean Water Action supports bills to protect children’s health by eliminating toxic chemicals from consumer goods in daily use.

McCarthy's New England roots show as she pushes states on climate, air issues

If one wants an indication where U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy's priorities lie as a public servant, he or she needs only to look at the beginning of her resume.

McCarthy, who heads EPA's Office of Air and Radiation and is widely rumored to be nominated as EPA administrator in the next week, started her career as a public health agent in her hometown of Canton, Mass., working for the local board of health in nearby Stoughton.

"That's what she's about," said Seth Kaplan, vice president for policy and climate advocacy for the Conservation Law Foundation, who worked with McCarthy in Massachusetts on energy and air issues. "And let me tell you, that person is still there."
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Toxic Tykes? Dolce & Gabbanas Baby Fragrance Idea Stinks

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics seeks to stop the sale of baby perfume made with chemicals that may harm children

In response to Dolce & Gabbanas (D&G) announcement that it would soon launch a baby perfume, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is calling on the company, as well as Proctor & Gamble, which manufactures and distributes D&G products in the U.S., to reverse course and halt the development and sale of its baby perfume amid concerns about toxic chemical exposures. Fragrances are likely to contain chemicals that that may contribute to diseases later in life, including breast cancer, obesity, infertility, asthma, allergies and more.

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02/07/2013 - 16:58

New England Currents | Election 2012 Edition

new england currents
elections 2012 edition

are you a clean water voter?

The environmental stakes have never been higher than in this year’s elections. The next President and Congress — and the leaders who are elected at the state and local levels this fall — can do much to restore the nation’s commitment to clean air and water and healthy communities. The right leadership can make sure the United States is positioned to reap the full economic and job creation benefits that will come from smart investment in a clean energy and clean water future.
The past two years brought more attacks on fundamental protections than ever before. The U.S. House led the way — backwards — voting more than three hundred times to dismantle the Clean Water Act, weaken clean air protections, strip funding from environmental protection programs, effectively dismantle the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and more. Without the U.S. Senate and veto threats from President Obama to stop these bills from becoming law, the results would have been disastrous. Read more

New Hampshire Endorsements

Update - November 7th, 1:47am: Annie Kuster has deafted Charlie Bass and will represent New Hampshires 2nd Congressional District. Congratulations Annie!

2012 General Election Endorsements
Candidate Race District Result
Annie Kuster

New England Currents | Summer 2012

new england currents
summer 2012 edition

moms on a mission:

stroller bridgades for safer chemicals and healthy families

NE Front Page Summer 2012.jpgOn May 22, Clean Water Action participated in the National Stroller Brigade in Washington DC to demonstrate support for the Safe Chemicals Act. Clean Water Action’s Elizabeth Saunders (Massachusetts), and Susan Eastwood (Connecticut) represented New England. Moms, kids and advocates from thirty states, from as far away as Alaska and Idaho, rolled into Washington DC and right up to the Capitol to let Congress know that people are serious about protecting their children and families from “toxic trespass.” The bill’s lead sponsor, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, addressed the enthusiastic crowd, as did Sens. Dick Durbin (IL) and Charles Schumer (NY). Michigan mom of three Polly Schlaff shared her powerful story of losing her husband to cancer and made a passionate plea for our legislators to help to keep families safe. The event was covered by press from around the country.

New England Currents | Winter

new england currents
winter 2011/2012 edition

making manufacturers take out the trash!

Americans generate a lot of trash — some would say, much more than their “fair share.” Many people feel that each individual should be responsible for reducing their own waste, perhaps along with the local community recycling program. The reality is that cities and towns have ended up bearing most of the responsibility — and the costs — for figuring out ways to reduce waste and make recycling programs work. Over the past ten years, however, new policies challenging this conventional approach have started gaining traction.

Clean Water Action Criticizes House Policy Riders

Washington DC – Clean Water Action is appalled that the leadership of the US House of Representatives appears willing to shut down the federal government in order to win passage of budget riders limiting the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and prohibiting funding for Planned Parenthood.

While recent press reports have indicated that the EPA restrictions may no longer be on the table, the House Republican leadership has brought the federal government close to the brink of shutdown over policy issues that should not be part of budget negotiations.

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04/11/2011 - 09:37

Scorecard - the 112th Congress

Empty House Chamber

Who will stand up for our water?

congress & the environment

The House of Representatives in the 112th Congress voted more than 300 times to weaken public health and environmental protections.  Clean Water Action analyzed twelve key votes in this unprecedented effort to rollback decades of important environmental policies that have made our water safer to drink and our air healthier to breathe.  

It was better in the Senate, but barely. While the Senate rejected the majority of proposals to roll-back decades of critical environmental protections, it failed to pass legislation to repeal oil and gas subsidies. Learn more below and download the scorecard here!

Find out how your Representatives and Senators scored by clicking on your state.  Learn more about  the House votes here and the Senate votes here.

Diesel: the Black Soot Menace

Today’s guest blogger is Emma Shlaes, Clean Water Action National Campaigns Associate.

Summer is winding down. When you put your child on the bus for school, or take that one last road trip of the season, you expect that everyone will stay safe and healthy, as long as there are no accidents. But there is a hidden danger lurking around most school buses, highways and too many residential neighborhoods and schools. Dangerous and preventable diesel pollution from buses, trucks and construction vehicles is placing families in harm's way.

Dirty diesel engines emit a mixture of particles, metals and gases called "particulate matter" which include over 40 "hazardous air pollutants" as classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Air Act. This mixture can cause a range of health problems. From increased rates of asthma, to lung cancer, stroke and heart attack, diesel pollution contributes to countless illnesses and 21,000 early deaths a year.

In addition to being a serious public health problem, diesel pollution contributes to climate change by emitting a pollutant that’s aptly named “black carbon”. Black carbon soot is approximately 2,000 times more potent as a global warming agent than an equal amount of carbon dioxide (CO2). Over half the black carbon emissions in the U.S. come from diesel engines. Fortunately, black carbon is a short-lived pollutant and does not remain in the atmosphere, so this is one aspect of climate change we can do something about right now.

How do you ask? Available retrofits can reduce diesel particulate matter and black carbon emissions by at least 90% from the 11 million old, dirty diesel engines that are currently used in the U.S. This means an instant reduction of black soot in our atmosphere. Additionally, studies indicate that for every dollar spent on reducing particulate matter pollution from diesel engines, $12 would be avoided in monetized health damages. That translates to improved health for you and your family.

Since 2005, the federal Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) has been funding retrofits for existing heavy-duty diesel vehicles and engines in every state in the U.S. DERA has enjoyed support by: members of both parties in Congress, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and industry, labor, environmental and health groups. This important act is set to expire in 2011 and Congress must reauthorize it at the same level of funding if we are to see continued reduction in diesel pollution and the health effects it causes.

Clean Water Action works nationally and in the states to pass policies that will clean up diesel pollution and protect communities. Some states haven’t waited for government protections and funding to take action. For example, Clean Water Action recently helped Rhode Island pass the Clean Construction Law, which requires diesel-burning construction equipment on federally funded projects to be retrofitted to reduce emissions by 2013. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan and New Jersey have also taken action at the state and local level. Find out more.

Clean Water Action works as part of the Diesel Clean-Up Campaign, a nationwide collaboration of organizations committed to reducing diesel emissions 40 percent by the year 2012, 55 percent by 2015 and 70 percent by 2020. You can visit their website at

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