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.
The November elections were a flood of successes for clean water across the country, and the Chesapeake region had its share of victories.
Our presidential endorsee, Barack Obama, won in every state in this region, including Virginia.
In November 2008, the Virginia Coal and Energy Commission voted to move forward on a wide ranging on the potential impact of uranium mining in Virginia. Earlier last year, during the 2008 Virginia legislative session, the House Rules Committee killed an attempt to fund a related study. These efforts are widely viewed as initial steps towards lifting a ban on uranium mining in Virginia that has been in effect since 1982, after uranium was discovered in an area used for cattle, hay and timber.