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.
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.
One of our biggest priorities is to ensure that everyone has access to clean, safe, and affordable water and sanitation in their home. No one should be unable to wash their hands during a pandemic. No child should be exposed to lead from aging pipes. No one should have to worry about sewage backing up into their basement or community flooding from failing wastewater systems.
The ability to participate in free and open elections is a cornerstone of democratic government. States should focus on protecting the freedom to vote, not placing additional barriers to voting. Unfortunately, instead of ensuring that all voices can be heard, leaders in the state legislature are working hard to pass anti-voter bills.
Despite robust opposition from the chemical industry and other vested interests, two Clean Water Action-sponsored bills to reduce the use of toxic PFAS chemicals and protect children from lead passed out of the California Assembly’s Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials this week, along with another important bill we are supporting! Please help us thank the members of the ESTM Committee and our bill authors and send a message to the rest of the Assembly to support these important pieces of legislation.
Because of demand from consumers like you, retailers are taking unprecedented action to protect customers from toxic chemicals.
The latest annual Mind The Store retailer report card on toxic chemicals is out. About 2/3 of the companies have made progress over the last year! Unfortunately, 7-Eleven, 99 Cents Only, Ace Hardware, Burger King, Circle K, Metro, Nordstrom, Publix, Sally Beauty, Sobeys, Starbucks, and Subway all failed to take substantial public steps to protect customers from toxic chemicals in products and packaging.