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2013 New England Legislative Round Up
Clean Water Action’s New England team is promoting a suite of innovative measures to protect health, stimulate the green economy and advance environmental justice. Together with Clean Water Action members, community partners and allies, we’re making a big push to make progress throughout the region in 2013. This overview covers the latest from your state. Please join Clean Water Action and speak out in support of clean air, clean water and healthier communities.
Campaign drives are under way to support clean energy and chemical safety advances.
Toxics: Clean Water Action supports bills to protect children’s health by eliminating toxic chemicals from consumer goods in daily use.
Energy: The high cost of heating oil is prominent in this year’s energy debates, which center around the state’s new Comprehensive Energy Strategy.
Clean Water Action’s Bay State priorities include efforts remove toxic chemicals from consumer products, make manufacturers responsible for products that would otherwise go in the trash, promote green jobs, and transition energy systems to be safe, efficient, and clean.
Clean Water Action’s 2013 Ocean State priorities include waste reduction
and public transit for strengthening the state’s economy and protecting
public health and the environment. Read More
up to 80% of marine debris coming from land-based litter it time for us
to take action to prevent future pollution. Since two-thirds of this is
packaging material that is not collected for recycling, we know where
the problem is.
When local governments took on responsibility for solid waste more than a century ago, household waste was primarily coal ash leftover from heating and cooking. The rest was mainly food and a small amount of simple manufactured products like paper and glass. Today manufactured products and their packaging make up 75% of what we throw away.
Clean Water Action is a lead member of the Coalition for Transportation Choices (CTC). Our coalition of over three dozen groups advocates for a 21st century transportation system that enhances our economy and provides all Rhode Islanders with healthy transportation choices.
Mercury containing thermostats release mercury into the environment when they are handled or disposed hadhazardly. Exposure to mercury, even at a low level, causes damage to the functioning and development of the nervous system both in utero and in growing children.