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Will you send an email to all fourteen companies that earned F grades? These companies, including Ulta, Starbucks, and TJ Maxx/Marshalls need to hear from you.

Corroded pipe with lead service fittings. Credit: Mike Thomas / Creative Commons

EPA chose not to require full replacement of lead service lines — the largest source of lead in drinking water — and stopped short of other measures to reduce exposure.

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The 2020 Minnesota State Legislative Session begins February 11th -- and it’s going to be busy.

One of our main priorities this year is to pass a bill to protect Minnesota communities from toxic trichloroethylene (TCE).

Oil and water. Credit Andrew Grinberg

Because of loopholes in California law, oil and gas wells, pump jacks and storage tanks are often located right next to playgrounds, schools, health care clinics, daycare centers and homes. Meanwhile children, the sick and the elderly are the most sensitive to the pollution produced by oil and gas production.

Coal ash

Coal-fired power plants produce more than 110 million tons of toxic coal ash waste every year. For decades this waste—which contains dangerous heavy metals like arsenic, lead, and mercury— has been dumped into giant unlined ponds that leak chemicals into groundwater, lakes, and rivers. Yet now the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to ease safeguards put in place in 2015 to clean-up this hazardous waste. Tell EPA to reject this reckless rollback today!

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Help get a budget proposal that includes record-breaking funding for protecting our natural resources in Virginia across the finish line!

PA Coke Works

Over this past Christmas, residents in the Mon Valley suffered from nearly a week of unhealthy air pollution levels – violating federal Clean Air Act standards. The main culprit was the U.S. Steel Clairton Coke Works, one of the largest single sources of air pollution in Allegheny County. Despite fines and legal actions, U.S. Steel has failed to clean up their plant which has long subjected residents in Clairton and throughout Allegheny County to pollution that can cause asthma attacks, heart attacks, and strokes.

PFAS foam

Michigan has been a leader in addressing PFAS. In the summer of 2019 the Whitmer Administration began to create Michigan’s first-ever enforceable drinking water standards for PFAS chemicals. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has finalized the draft MCL (maximum contaminant level) and opened it up for public comments. Now it’s your turn to get involved.

Lake Michigan, photo: flickr.com/elviskennedy  (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Our state is defined by water, and in Michigan our water belongs to the people. But we don’t always act like water is our most importance resource.