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.
Water is the lifeblood of Florida, not only in terms of drinking water
but also of our tourism-based economy. As a result of this, we must
prevent the harmful toxins that are continuing to engulf our states
fresh waters. Florida should not continue to expand oil and gas
exploration which not only uses massive quantities of water, but also
injects a copious amount of chemicals into the ground. We must also
strive to restrict urban runoff, which is allowing high concentrations
of nitrogen and phosphorous to get into our rivers, lakes, and streams.
Cancer, infertility, early puberty, and learning and developmental
disabilities are rising at alarming rates. Studies show links between
toxic chemicals used in consumer products -- like baby products,
personal care items, and household goods -- and many of these negative
Over 90% of Florida’s energy production is derived from coal, natural
gas, and nuclear power. These sources of energy production are costly,
use excessive amounts of water and produce a multitude of waste disposal
problems. It is time to phase-out old coal-fired power plants and stop
providing incentives for utility companies to invest in more natural
gas and nuclear production – particularly at ratepayers’ expense.