The Florida legislature officially adjourned on May 1, 2015, which can be considered to be one of the worst legislative sessions in the past decade. Annually, Clean Water Action gives the overall session a grade and our state leaders received an unflattering grade of a D-. Why the low rating? Learn more here.
Make sure President Obama knows that you want him to put drinking water first by ending the power plant industry’s unlimited permit to pollute our rivers, lakes, and bays with toxic wastewater. . Many coal plants discharge their wastewater in rivers, streams and lakes directly upstream of drinking water intakes and some of these vital drinking water sources have been contaminated with arsenic, lead, mercury and other nasty chemicals. In September 2015, EPA will finalize the first ever national water pollution standards to limit the amount of toxic metals, nutrients and other harmful pollutants that are dumped into our water.
America’s Everglades is a globally unique and invaluable natural resource for Florida. Over one-third of Floridians – nearly 7 million people – get their daily water supply from the Everglades. It is vitally important to improve water quality, restore water flow, and protect remaining native habitat to ensure this incredible resource will be an asset to Florida’s communities for generations to come.
Cancer, infertility, learning and developmental disabilities, and early puberty are rising at alarming rates. Studies show links between toxic chemicals used in consumer products -- like baby products, school supplies, personal care items, and cookware -- and many of these negative health trends. Chemicals must be tested for health and human safety standards to ensure that our communities will be protected from the known toxic chemicals that currently plague consumer products Floridians use in our homes, schools, and businesses every day.
Every day coal burning power plants dump millions of pounds of toxic laced ash into Florida's surface and ground waters. This irresponsible handling of coal ash leaves our residents and natural resources unprotected from exposure to arsenic, mercury, chromium and many other harmful substances. We must work to ensure that coal ash is property handled and stored so Florida’s public health and water resources are not compromised.