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The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is our nation’s foundational environmental law that requires the federal government to consider the environmental impacts of projects. Though lesser known than other environmental laws, it has informed federal agency decision-making about protecting public health and the environment and given the public a voice in decision-making since 1970. The Trump administration has proposed changes that would dramatically weaken NEPA, making it harder for communities to speak out against risky or poorly planned projects.

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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.

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Thanks to our 10,000 lakes and thousands of miles of streams and rivers, it can be easy to take clean water and drinking water for granted in Minnesota. However, providing safe drinking water is not free, and drinking water systems are struggling with keeping up the maintenance on aging water infrastructure.

Building and maintaining the network of thousands of miles of pipes and pumps that deliver drinking water to our tap is costly, plus this infrastructure needs to be updated and maintained on a regular basis.

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PFAS or per and poly-fluoroalkyl substances can be toxic to humans and yet they are found in our food packaging (pizza boxes, bakery paper, microwave popcorn bags, and more).

PFAS been linked to:

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We need to make sure our elected officials continue to protect our water and our health from hazardous contaminants like PFAS. Last year, Governor Walz signed into law restrictions on the use of firefighting foam containing hazardous per- and poly-fluoroalkly substances (PFAS), but these toxic chemicals still are used in other ways, and  even in our food packaging!

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Michigan’s bottle deposit law, the “bottle bill” was passed by Michigan voters with broad bipartisan support to address litter and provide funding to cleanup our water. For years, Clean Water Action has advocated for expanding the bottle bill to include noncarbonated beverages. But today, the bottle bill is under attack in Lansing and we need your help to fight back! Contact your lawmakers today (link to action)

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Clean Water Action and our allies have led efforts during this year’s General Assembly session to address toxic per and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances by pressing for legislation to study the occurrence of these chemicals in Virginia’s public drinking water, and to address sources of human exposure.

Chlorpyrifos is a toxic pesticide that is proven to cause brain damage in children, contaminate waterways, and harm wildlife. When samples were tested from the Chesapeake Bay, 90% of the samples tested had chlorpyrifos and 40% of those positive tests exceeded thresholds indicated possible ecological effects. Maryland must ban chlorpyrifos.

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What we use every day effects the environment.  Single use items such as packaging, paper cups, plastic take out containers, etc.