A little known provision of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Underground Injection Control (UIC) program allows certain oil and gas and mining activity to occur in groundwater that would otherwise be protected as a drinking water source. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the program in the early days of SDWA implementation to respond to oil and gas interests who cited SDWA language which states that EPA “may not prescribe requirements for state UIC programs which interfere with or impede” the injection of fluids associated with oil and gas production. Extraction proponents argued that certain energy extraction activities would not be able to continue if all underground sources of drinking water everywhere were protected. As a result, an aquifer is now eligible for an exemption if it meets certain regulatory criteria.
University is taking steps to stop burning coal by the end of 2016
EAST LANSING – Today, officials at Michigan State University (MSU) announced that they would take steps to stop burning coal by the end of 2016 and transition to burning natural gas.
“While MSU’s plan to stop burning coal is a huge step in the right direction, switching to natural gas is not the best solution,” said Courtney Bourgoin, an MSU student. “We plan to continue pushing for cleaner, safer renewable energy, like wind and solar, in an effort to reduce our university’s carbon footprint and increase students’ say in energy transition decisions.”
Studies Show These Chemicals Don’t Provide Fire Safety Benefit and are Highly Toxic
Hartford, CT – Lawmakers and advocates gathered today to urge passage of a ban on toxic chlorinated tris flame retardants from children’s products. Citing research that shows these chemicals do not provide any fire safety benefit, lawmakers pointed out that flame retardants, like chlorinated tris, are highly toxic, linked to cancer, impaired brain development, disruption of hormones and have no place in children’s products. Certain fibers and barriers are non-toxic alternatives to these chemicals.