Help us stop the latest assault on our water and health!
Trump’s EPA claims it can’t protect our nation’s rivers, lakes, and bays from pollution if that pollution travels through groundwater. Yet the agency has protected our nation’s waters from this type of pollution for decades, because previous administrations understood that it doesn’t make sense for the Clean Water Act to cover pollution dumped from a pipe into a river, but not pollution that flows through groundwater into that same river.
Our democracy has been under assault for years by powerful special interests who want to buy their way into our government. They have helped elect politicians who put their needs first and then do everything they can to make sure they can’t be held accountable by voters – introducing strict voter ID requirements, gerrymandering districts so it’s nearly impossible for them to lose, and more.
The oil and gas industry, aided by the erosion of campaign finance laws and nearly boundless lobbying budgets, asserts enormous influence over legislative processes in real time while also enjoying legacy influence in regulatory frame- works. The results can be devastating to the health of the environment and the public.
Urge Connecticut legislators to support HB 7346, a bill that would ban the use of the toxic pesticide Chlorpyrifos in Connecticut.
The Texas Legislature is on the verge of passing a bill (House Bill 2771) that would let oil companies discharge fracking wastewater into our rivers and streams. This waste is loaded with toxic chemicals used in fracking operations that treatment plants are ill-equipped to remove. We don’t know what many of these chemicals are because these companies are allowed to hide that information from the public as 'trade secrets'. Wastewater from oil and gas operations is currently injected underground in Texas.
While the Minnesota Legislature is taking a few steps in the right direction on health and environmental issues, it’s not all good news. There are several senate proposals that would put the quality of our environment at risk and we need to take action to stop them.
We can’t do this without you – thanks. Here’s an update on a few really important bills.
Omnibus Agriculture and Food Finance Bill - HF 2200
HF 2200 includes a provision that establishes a lead safe homes grant program to increase lead testing in residential rental housing and make residential rental housing units lead safe. If passed. HF 2200 would fund this program starting in 2020, so we can get to work to get the lead out.
Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Finance Bill – HF 2209
After TCE, a dangerous chemical that can impact immune and reproductive systems, liver, kidneys, central nervous system, fetal development during pregnancy, and cause cancer, polluted White Bear Lake, our elected officials finally took notice. Though we have known about the harmful effects of TCE for a long time, we haven’t done anything to lessen our exposure yet. The US Environmental Protection Agency started the process to ban TCE in January 2017, but has yet to finalize that ruling. When the federal government drags their feet, our state legislature needs to act.