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Protecting our water, health, and environment shouldn’t be a partisan issue -- but it has been, in the US Congress. For the fifth time since 2010, support for common sense legislation to safeguard our water, address the climate crisis, fix our democracy, and put people first broke down along party lines. Democrats broadly supported the idea that we should act like drinking water matters and act on climate while Republicans broadly supported the fossil fuel industry and other corporate special interests.

Tell McDonalds to go PFAS free

More than a million Big Mac boxes are used and thrown out each each day. New test results show that those boxes may contribute to the PFAS “forever chemicals” pollution crisis.  In this new study, the Big Mac box tested positive for PFAS, as did a McDonald’s fry bag and cookie bag.

This study shows that McDonald’s could be responsible for a whole lot of toxic trash. And once PFAS-containing trash goes into a landfill or incinerator, the chemicals can end up in our air and water.

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It’s time to hold brands, manufacturers, and the plastics industry accountable for their role in the plastic pollution crisis! Please urge your representatives in the U.S. Congress to co-sponsor the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act S3263/ HR5845. 

This bill, introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), would hold the plastic industry and other companies responsible for the waste they produce - also known as  Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). 

Everyone deserves access to clean water, and that’s why it’s so important that leaders in the U.S. House are fighting back against the Trump administration’s rollback of clean water safeguards. The Clean Water For All Act (H.R. 6745) would block the administration’s reckless Dirty Water Rule, which jeopardizes the rivers, lakes, streams, and other vital water bodies our families, communities, and economies depend on. 

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Will you send an email to all fourteen companies that earned F grades? These companies, including Ulta, Starbucks, and TJ Maxx/Marshalls need to hear from you.

Take the Pledge!

Pledge to reduce your reliance on single-use disposable products and packaging.

Picture of Mackinac Straits. Caption: Protect Our Great Lakes & Straits, Shut Down Line 5 No Tunnel

The Michigan Public Service Commission is currently accepting comments on Enbridge’s request to relocate Line 5 in a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac. If we really want to protect our Great Lakes, there is simply no way to allow an oil tunnel to be built through one of the most ecologically sensitive parts of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Make your voice heard today!

 

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This year, the Maryland General Assembly voted to pass a ban on chlorpyrifos in Maryland, but Governor Hogan vetoed the bill. Hogan's decision hurts public health at a time when our farm workers, especially, are already incredibly vulnerable. Send your representatives a message today: override Hogan's veto and protect public health.