Pennsylvania

It’s time for Councilman Squilla to introduce a bag bill!

Many of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and waterways are covered in litter, but there are common sense solutions that can reduce our City’s waste. Councilman Squilla has a single use bag bill that would reduce the use of single use bags by implementing a nominal fee on bags and encourage the use of reusable bags.

Contact your City Council representative and tell them to encourage Councilman Squilla to introduce his bag bill to move our City a step forward in litter reduction.

Get Pampered for Clean Water!

PA AvedaThroughout the month of April, Aveda is raising money for Clean Water Fund in honor of Earth Month. You can support our work by getting pampered at many Aveda stores in your area. Simply give them a call, make an appointment for one of their services and get pampered with 100% of the proceeds going to Clean Water Fund. You'll look and feel great and you'll help us continue to fight for safe drinking water for you and your friends and family.

John Quigley has the experience needed to lead the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Next to the governor, no one is more important to environmental protection in Pennsylvania than the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). We need someone heading the agency that has experience, is committed to the agency's mission of a cleaner environment, and is ready to tackle the environmental challenges facing our Commonwealth.

John Quigley is that person. He has an impressive record of public service, led an effort that developed the nation's first environmental siting standards for wind energy development, and partnered with the Clinton Climate Initiative to develop a business plan for the first carbon capture and storage network proposed in the world.

Williams in bed with fracking lobby

MAYORAL candidate and state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams' campaign website contains a fairly detailed "Issues" section, with one exception - it lacks a stance on environmental issues.

His wife, Shari Williams, however, has quite a robust outlook, but one that isn't likely to please environmentalists.

As a highly paid executive with a pre-eminent gas-drilling lobby, she writes essays for an industry magazine extolling the virtues of what is commonly referred to as "fracking" and advocates a vision of Philadelphia as a major oil and gas processing hub.
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03/13/2015

City Council: Don't Derail the Oil Train Resolution

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released a report that predicts that over the next 20 years there will be an average of 10 derailments annually at a cost of $4.5 billion and the potential of hundreds of deaths. Philadelphians are no strangers to these trains. You've seen them travel through our neighborhoods every day. You remember the two derailments that occurred locally - one of which threatened the Schuylkill River, a major drinking water source for Philadelphians.

Philadelphia City Council is finally taking a stand! On Thursday, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced Resolution 150129-A which:

Environmental Groups Call on Philadelphia City Council to Maintain Support for Oil Train Resolution

Philadelphia, PA - Today, March 11, 2015, Clean Water Action, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, and PennEnvironment urged City Council to support Councilman Kenyatta Johnson's resolution tomorrow that urges Congress and the United States Department of Transportation to release specifications for tank car design and for Philadelphia rail companies to rapidly upgrade and replace crude oil tank cars. The resolution also urges the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to be more transparent and conduct emergency response workshops, specific to crude by rail, in communities at risk.

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03/11/2015 - 15:42

Environmental organizations and businesses call on City Council to pass single use bag legislation

Bags harm waterways, degrade neighborhoods, lower property values, and threaten wildlife

Philadelphia, PA - Today, Clean Air Council, Clean Water Action, and Tookany-Tacony Frankford Watership Partnership, stood shoulder to shoulder at the Seaport Museum in Penn's Landing, to demand that City Council introduce and pass single use bag legislation that would impose a small fee for any person(s) who uses a single use bag when making a purchase from a retail establishment. Everyone agreed that reducing bags is an easy way to tackle the City's ongoing problem with single use bags that end up in rivers and streams, clogs storm drains, and negatively impact neighborhoods, and threaten wildlife.

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02/26/2015 - 09:23

Clean Water Action Applauds Governor Wolf’s Efforts to Protect State Parks and Forests

(Harrisburg) - Clean Water Action applauded Governor Tom Wolf's executive order reinstating the moratorium for new natural gas leasing of our state parks and forests. "This is an issue Clean Water Action has made a top priority ever since former Governor Tom Corbett first proposed revoking the moratorium last year," said Steve Hvozdovich, Pennsylvania Campaign Director for Clean Water Action.
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01/30/2015 - 13:21

One year after The Schuylkill Arsenal Bridge Oil Train Derailment, Danger Still Looms

City’s Office of Emergency Management Acts With Indifference; Clean Water Action Announces Community Listening Tour To Highlight the Continued Danger of Oil Trains to Public Health and the Environment

Philadelphia, PA – A year ago today, Philadelphia narrowly escaped a major disaster when six highly explosive CSX tank cars carrying volatile crude oil from the Bakken Shale region in North Dakota derailed on the Schuylkill Arsenal Bridge.

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01/20/2015 - 11:08

Clean Water Action Issues Evaluation of Municipal Ordinances in Codorus Creek Watershed

Clean Water Action Issues Evaluation of Municipal Ordinances in Codorus Creek Watershed with Eye towards Water Quality and Low Impact Development

York, PA –  Clean Water Action’s “Greener Communities” report,  released in today, evaluates green stormwater management by 9 municipalities in York County’s Codorus Creek watershed. The report’s focus is “low impact development” (LID), an approach that uses less pavement and more natural systems and green spaces to reduce environmental impacts. Clean Water Action has hundreds of members in York County.

Using a tool developed by the Center for Watershed Protection, the report rated each municipality on how well their land use rules align with LID best practices.

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01/13/2015 - 10:51
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