Thanks to public outcry that led to a change in top management and to the election of reform-minded board members, the scandal-plagued Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) has begun to chart a new course for its future. The PEC is the largest consumer-owned electric cooperative in the nation, with some 225,000 member households.
Austin voters will be electing 5 of 7 city council members, including its next mayor, on Saturday May 9. Stakes are higher that usual this year, with unemployment continuing to rise, sales and property tax revenues down, and the city facing a host of challenges related to energy and water consumption, air quality, solid waste, urban sprawl and traffic congestion. Clean Water Action believes that Lee Leffingwell is easily the most qualified mayoral candidate to meet these challenges.
The recent publication of a study that shows a relationship between elevated blood lead levels and high levels of lead in the drinking water after a switch of water treatment has given a new impetus for the need to revamp the way that the District manages water resources. The need for a health-based policy is clear, and recent events confirm that it is impossible to trust the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (WASA) under its present leadership. There is no safe level of lead exposure, and WASA continues to trumpet that the City's drinking water is safe, despite clear and persistent evidence of lead contamination.