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In December 2020  the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an “Interim Guidance” for disposal and destruction of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as “forever chemicals.” Unfortunately EPA’s new guidance does not ensure the public that PFAS can be disposed of safely. Instead, this document outlines and exposes a long list of unknowns about what happens to PFAS wastes sent to landfills or incinerators, or injected into deep wells underground.

Massachusetts Climate Strike

The Massachusetts House and Senate have finalized the Climate Roadmap bill and sent it to Governor Baker to sign -- S.2995, An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy. 

This vital legislation:

photo by Keith Lasoya: Waste Neutral

Food waste is a persistent problem, with over 25% of the overall food supply at the retail and consumer level going uneaten and wasted. Disposing of our organic material in landfills and incinerators contributes to climate change. Whether landfilled or burned, the waste generates methane and carbon dioxide. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that is 86 times more potent in causing the climate to warm than carbon dioxide, and landfills contribute 17% of Maryland’s methane.

Delaware River photo by Delaware Riverkeeper Network

Clean Water Action, along with a diverse group of organizations from the watershed states, is calling on the governors of our states (NY, NJ, PA, and DE) to vote NO on these proposed rules.

Pumpjack at the Lost Hills Oil Field

Please join Clean Water Action and impacted communities across California in asking for Governor Newsom to use his executive power to require a 2500-foot setback from oil and gas operations in order to protect our fenceline communities, who often are communities of color, and who far too often are the acceptable sacrifice for oil and gas profits.

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Though Clean Water Action has been encouraged by bipartisan efforts to pass coronavirus relief and a law banning certain trichloroethylene (TCE) uses, there are many other public health priorities that were left unfinished by the Minnesota Legislature during the 2019-2020 session.  In particular, several strong bills were introduced to reduce public exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and lead.  

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Now’s the time to raise your voice on key restrictions on toxic PFAS chemicals in Virginia. Urge legislators to pledge their support for these toxic pollution prevention priorities this session:

    In light of the current public health crisis, access to clean water and sanitation services for the health and safety of our communities should be the top priority. Water shut-offs in Detroit and across Michigan pose a serious public health risk. Urge your Michigan lawmakers and the leaders of the House and Senate to pass a moratorium against water shutoffs to protect Michiganders during this pandemic.