Reforming our democracy is essential to protecting our water, taking bold action to address the climate crisis, and protecting our communities. The influence of corporate special interests has slowed or even reversed progress cleaning up toxic chemicals, safeguarding drinking water sources, and holding polluters accountable.
We’re closer than ever to winning federal funding to replace lead service lines in our drinking water systems. Getting lead pipes out of the ground is critical to reducing lead in drinking water. One of the biggest challenges has been the cost to both water systems and to their customers, because usually homeowners have been expected to contribute to the cost of replacing the part of the pipe that is under their property.
The climate crisis clock is ticking. We can't allow a budget to be finalized that doesn't meet the gravity of this moment. Write a letter to the Assembly and Senate Budget Committee members as well as to your own state legislators, and tell them that a 2022 budget that cuts clean energy dollars and underfunds mass transit is unacceptable!
Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are chemicals that are toxic at very low levels, causing testicular and kidney cancer, high cholesterol, colitis, and immunosuppression, including reduced response to vaccines.
The more we look, the more we find PFAS—in products, air, drinking water, sludge, surface water, food, plants and in…. US! Ninety seven percent of Americans tested have PFAS in their blood.
The oil and gas industry has leveraged its massive political spending, lobbying and public relations spin machine into loopholes across our federal environmental laws and regulations. This special treatment means that when oil and gas companies profit, they put our water, air, health at risk, while fueling the climate crisis. These loopholes amount to subsidies - allowing the fossil fuel industry to profit and pass on their costs to the public in the form of polluted water, air and the climate crisis.
Good news! SB 926 to ban toxic PFAS chemicals in packaging has passed the Senate Environment Committee. Now the bill goes to a vote in the Senate - please contact your Senators today.
For decades, toxic PFAS pollution, known as the forever chemicals, were used in firefighting foam at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Michigan. The chemicals are still leaching into the neighboring Clark’s Marsh, a wetland within the Huron-Manistee National Forest, which connects to the Au Sable River and flows into Lake Huron just a few miles downstream.