U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator and former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler is rapidly dismantling the first-ever national protections to safeguard communities from coal ash, one of the largest industrial toxic waste streams. Coal ash contains deadly substances, including carcinogens like arsenic, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium, and neurotoxins such as lead and lithium. Because coal ash is stored uncovered in unlined pits near rivers or lakes, toxic chemicals can seep into groundwater and contaminate nearby water bodies.
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.
In light of the current public health crisis, access to clean water and sanitation services for the health and safety of our communities should be the top priority. Water shut-offs in Detroit and across Michigan pose a serious public health risk. This public health risk impacts not only those individuals and families that have already or are at risk of having their drinking water shutoff by their public water supply, but all residents of Michigan.
Plastic pollution is choking our oceans, trashing our streets, and polluting our bodies. We need to act now to reduce the spread of single-use disposable plastic in San Francisco.
For the first time in decades, Oakland County has new leadership. With climate change growing ever more urgent, a group of environmental organizations and other stakeholders have developed the first-ever Climate, Jobs and Justice platform, setting goals to put us on the path to a safe world. Sign on below to tell the Oakland County Commissioners that you want Oakland County to be a leader in climate action and justice for all.
When you walk into Albertsons or one of its subsidiary grocery stores, like Safeway, VONS, Jewel-Osco, Acme or Shaw’s, you expect the products on the shelves to be safe.
But new laboratory testing indicated the likely presence of PFAS chemicals in samples of the company’s store-brand products and food service ware it uses. These chemicals have been linked to cancer, liver damage and immune suppression.
Under a quirk of Maryland code, burning trash can count as recycling. Incinerators built before 1988 generate a 5% recycling credit for local governments that use them, while using the leftover toxic ash can also count as recycling. Obviously, burning trash is not recycling!