we can’t live without clean water
It’s that simple. But sometimes, the people we elect seem to forget that. And they’ve been forgetting it a lot lately in Washington, DC and in too many of our state capitals.
One of the issues at stake in this year’s elections is Virginia’s ban on uranium mining, in place since 1982, after uranium was discovered in an area of the state used for cattle, hay and timber. In November 2008, the Virginia Coal and Energy Commission voted to move forward on a comprehensive review of uranium mining’s potential environmental impacts. Earlier that year, a State House panel killed an attempt to fund a related study. These efforts by the uranium industry and its allies are widely viewed as an attempt to lift the ban. The Commission is expected to issue its report at the end of 2011.
environmental candidate endorsements
Clean Water Action has taken a hard look at state legislative candidates in Virginia’s 2011 elections. Profiled below are five top Clean Water Action endorsements, based on the candidates’ records and positions. These are the candidates who will be best qualified to lead in Richmond on critical water and health protection issues. Clean Water Action’s Virginia members can make a difference for our water this Tuesday November 8 by supporting these candidates at the polls. All of these elections will be close, and each vote will be important. Contact Clean Water Action’s Chesapeake Regional Director Andrew Fellows to learn more about volunteer campaign opportunities with Clean Water Action. You can download our endorsements here.
a national leader on stormwater?
On October 5, District of Columbia and Environmental Protection Agency representatives proclaimed the release of a new stormwater management permit that could significantly reduce the pollution flowing from storm drains into the creeks and rivers of the nation’s capital. The new permit calls for retaining the first 1.2 inches of rainfall on properties in the District. When enforced, this new standard will reduce the poison runoff that flows from streets, parking lots and other paved surfaces. The permit provides incentives for solutions and environmental design standards that help capture rain water, such as trees, rain gardens and other landscape that soaks in water.
Sen. Thomas Carper, Delaware’s senior U.S. Senator, is a lead sponsor of S. 972, the Clean Construction Act of 2011. The bill would require the use of existing technology to reduce diesel emissions from construction equipment. Diesel operations are not only the source of health-harming exhaust that seriously degrades air quality, but they also contribute significantly to global warming and the climate crisis.