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The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is our nation’s foundational environmental law that requires the federal government to consider the environmental impacts of projects. Though lesser known than other environmental laws, it has informed federal agency decision-making about protecting public health and the environment and given the public a voice in decision-making since 1970. The Trump administration has proposed changes that would dramatically weaken NEPA, making it harder for communities to speak out against risky or poorly planned projects.

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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.

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Michigan’s bottle deposit law, the “bottle bill” was passed by Michigan voters with broad bipartisan support to address litter and provide funding to cleanup our water. For years, Clean Water Action has advocated for expanding the bottle bill to include noncarbonated beverages. But today, the bottle bill is under attack in Lansing and we need your help to fight back! Contact your lawmakers today (link to action)

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Clean Water Action and our allies have led efforts during this year’s General Assembly session to address toxic per and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances by pressing for legislation to study the occurrence of these chemicals in Virginia’s public drinking water, and to address sources of human exposure.

Chlorpyrifos is a toxic pesticide that is proven to cause brain damage in children, contaminate waterways, and harm wildlife. When samples were tested from the Chesapeake Bay, 90% of the samples tested had chlorpyrifos and 40% of those positive tests exceeded thresholds indicated possible ecological effects. Maryland must ban chlorpyrifos.

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What we use every day effects the environment.  Single use items such as packaging, paper cups, plastic take out containers, etc.

It is time for the state to stop providing public subsidies for clean, renewable energy to an industry that pollutes our neighborhoods. It is time to take trash incineration out of Maryland's Renewable Portfolio Standard.

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The 2020 Minnesota State Legislative Session begins February 11th -- and it’s going to be busy.

One of our main priorities this year is to pass a bill to protect Minnesota communities from toxic trichloroethylene (TCE).

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Because of loopholes in California law, oil and gas wells, pump jacks and storage tanks are often located right next to playgrounds, schools, health care clinics, daycare centers and homes. Meanwhile children, the sick and the elderly are the most sensitive to the pollution produced by oil and gas production.