Yesterday, the Rhode Island House of Representatives voted to pass H5082, which will phase out the use of organohalogens, a dangerous chemical used in flame retardants that is associated with cancer and respiratory ailments.
The Senate already unanimously passed this bill in the spring, but when the General Assembly adjourned suddenly in June, the House version was left in legislative limbo. Over the summer, we worked to make sure that a strong version of this bill would be on the agenda when the General Assembly reconvened in the fall to address its unfinished business.
Our members are familiar with many of the aspects of Clean Water Action advocacy: promoting legislation, endorsing candidates, field and phone canvassing, educational outreach.
Several of our state offices also do direct engagement with the business community to promote best practices on issues like chemical policy and waste management. Our New England offices (Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts) have been working for over a year with management at CVS Health on developing a safer chemical policy.
Everyday is Earth Day here at Clean Water Action. Whether you take small or big steps to protect the Earth, your actions collectively add up to make a difference! We are excited to be a part of an amazing environmental community in New Jersey and nationwide. Together, we are working together to ensure clean water, clean air, and our health is protected now and into the future. After all, there is no Planet B! Please join us at the following upcoming events to make your voice matter and actions count!
“We’re all in this together. We’re all humans. And we are a team that should support one another. I hope that someday it’s possible for everyone to have clean water and be healthy” – Jackie, 9
When the Youth Tritons swim club contacted us about doing a swimmathon to benefit Clean Water Fund, on the occasion of the Tritons’ 30th Anniversary, we said “Yes!” – of course. Our goal is their goal: fishable, SWIMMABLE, drinkable water, for everyone!
Like many activists around the country, Clean Water Action's New Jersey office took the streets to protest and rally during the Women's March in Washington DC. We joined the sister march in NYC - both peaceful rallies with hundreds of thousands showing up to support women's rights, racial equality, environmental justice, and more.
It’s back, just like a bad dream. The highly controversial South Jersey Natural Gas application for a 23-mile, mile gas pipeline through the protected Pinelands forest preserve is back on the burner.
Advocating for environmental issues in the Rhode Island General Assembly is a complicated process that requires persistence, patience and creative approaches. Economic growth and job creation - not the environment - are often the first concerns on the minds of lawmakers.
As we prepare for our Independence Day celebrations, I want to share two victories that we are proud to have accomplished.
Right now, over 90 percent of New Jersey's waters do not meet one or more water quality standards. These standards are set by New Jersey under the law and the state is obligated to meet them.
So, one would think that our state government would be doing all they can to improve the quality of our water by ensuring the standards are enforced. Nope. They are, in fact, doing the complete opposite.