Letter to a Decision Maker

Protect Your Water from Toxic Pollution!

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.

  • SB 771 establishes a list of non-federally managed toxic waste sites and makes it easier to respond to any contamination of groundwater or drinking water that may occur.
  • SB 1071 raises the civil penalty the DEQ can issues for environmental violations from $10,000 to $25,000. Virginia's current cap pales in comparison to other states such as North Carolina, which can impose an administrative penalty of $15,000 to $32,500 per day depending on the violation. 
Take Action!

Send a message to your state Senator and Delegate them to "Protect our Water" from toxic pollution!

Legislature Can Reverse Christie’s Veto of Frack Waste Ban!

fracking cracked glassIn August, much to our disappointment and concern but not surprise, Governor Christie vetoed a key clean water bill (S1041) that would have banned the dumping of frack waste in New Jersey. 

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Tell MDEQ - Protet Communities from Sulfur Dioxide Pollution


SO2 Pollution in SE MichiganWe know that exposure to sulfur dioxide (SO2)—even briefly—can have significant impacts to our health. SO2 exposure can aggravate asthma, existing heart disease and other respiratory illnesses.

Take action to protect our communities.

The impacts from SO2 pollution affect communities across the state, especially in Southeast Michigan. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that SO2 levels in Wayne County exceed levels that are safe for human health. 

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has an opportunity to address this health and environmental justice crisis.  Take action today – Tell the MDEQ to set plans and permits that protect our public health and environment!   

Thank the President for His Veto of S.1 (Keystone XL Pipeline)!

Last week, President Obama vetoed bill that would have forced approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.  The decision on the pipeline remains in the hands of the Administration now that federal agencies have commented on the project’s potential impacts.  Please thank the President for this action, and for standing up to protect clean water and to take on climate change.

Lets Lower and Cap Unfair Electric Charges!

You should be able to control how much you pay for electricity by controlling how much electricity you use. Unfortunately no matter how much you reduce your energy use, you still have to pay huge fees just to get electricity. In fact, Connecticut residents pay the highest fixed costs in New England.


You can start to change that today - take action and tell your legislators to support SB 570 to cap fixed charges at $10 per month for households!

Tell Govenor Abbott - Let Cities Protect Residents!

Texas has a long tradition of allowing local communities to take action to protect the well-being of their residents. But now Gov. Greg Abbott and some state legislators want to limit the ability of cities to do this, simply because they do not agree with some of the decisions local communities have made.  Tell them, when the state fails to protect our communities, it's time to let our cities decide!

Governor Abbott and his allies are more interested in doing the bidding of corporate lobbyists than in upholding the tradition of local control.  They are targeting:

Help Protect the Integrity of the Pinelands and the Pinelands Commission!

protect pinelands twitter storm 2 A vote is expected any day now in the NJ Senate on a nomination that will undermine 40 years of environmental protections.

Governor Christie (R-NJ) and NJ Senator Van Drew (D-Cumberland) are determined to replace Pinelands Commissioners who voted against a pipeline that would have been built in the heart of the NJ Pinelands. This will set a dangerous precedent for not just Pinelands protections, but for good government everywhere.

Don't let them get away with it - contact your Senators today! 

Fight for the Sun

Clean energy builds strong communities. Take action today to support the growth of solar power.

Ask Ashley Furniture - What's Your Timeline?

The nation's largest furniture company, Ashley Furniture, recently announced they are phasing out flame retardants. Thank Ashley Furniture for doing the right thing and encourage them to finish the job by publicly disclosing their timeframe for eliminating these harmful chemicals in furniture foam, textiles and backing.  

 

As the #1 manufacturer and retailer of furniture in the country and one of the largest worldwide, this could have a big impact in getting these harmful chemicals out of our couches and furniture.  We applaud Ashley Furniture for doing what’s right for the health of American families by phasing out these harmful chemicals from furniture.

Thank Governor Dayton for His Proposal to Protect Lakes and Rivers

In January Governor Dayton announced aproposal to establish a 50-foot buffer of natural vegetation on all of Minnesota's waters The details are yet to be worked out, but it is important to let the Governor know we appreciate his leadership on the issue. The proposed buffers would reduce runoff pollution, significantly improve water quality, and create 125,000 acres of habitat for wildlife.

Act today! Please thank the Governor for his leadership.
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