Last year's chemical spill into the Elk River in West Virginia, coal ash spill in the Dan River near Danville, and train derailment into the James River in Lynchburg prove that accidents happen. The risks posed by toxics jeopardize the quality of our water sources and our health.
Two pending bills, SB 771 and 1071, would make it easier to identify hazardous waste sites in Virginia and strengthen state's ability to protect your water and other valuable resources.
The next time you go shopping you may unknowingly purchase children's products with hidden, toxic chemicals. Children face serious health effects from chemical exposure. Knowing what is in the products our children use every day will help us make informed choices – it’s simple. Yet companies are allowed to hide dangerous chemicals in our kids' toys, shampoo and clothing.
In 1994, Minnesota enacted a moratorium on construction of new nuclear power plants. The moratorium was put in place because of concerns about nuclear waste storage. Today, some legislators in St Paul want to repeal the moratorium and open the door for new nuclear power plants to be built in Minnesota. Send a message your legislator urging them to oppose the repeal of the nuclear moratorium.
Next to the governor, no one is more important to environmental protection in Pennsylvania than the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). We need someone heading the agency that has experience, is committed to the agency's mission of a cleaner environment, and is ready to tackle the environmental challenges facing our Commonwealth.
John Quigley is that person. He has an impressive record of public service, led an effort that developed the nation's first environmental siting standards for wind energy development, and partnered with the Clinton Climate Initiative to develop a business plan for the first carbon capture and storage network proposed in the world.