More people than ever voted this year. There was a lot of interest in the elections and a number of states expanded access to mail-in voting and expanded opportunities for early voting. There was also lots and lots of education and outreach to voters and potential voters, making sure they were registered and ready to vote.
But despite these efforts, we have a lot further to go to restore and strengthen our democracy, and to make it truly representative and responsive.
It’s time to hold brands, manufacturers, and the plastics industry accountable for their role in the plastic pollution crisis! Please urge your representatives in the U.S. Congress to co-sponsor the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act S3263/ HR5845.
This bill, introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), would hold the plastic industry and other companies responsible for the waste they produce - also known as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).
Everyone deserves access to clean water, and that’s why it’s so important that leaders in the U.S. House are fighting back against the Trump administration’s rollback of clean water safeguards. The Clean Water For All Act would block the administration’s reckless Dirty Water Rule, which jeopardizes the rivers, lakes, streams, and other vital water bodies our families, communities, and economies depend on.
Despite Governor Lamont’s commitment to a clean energy grid by 2040, the proposal to build a large, 650 megawatt fracked gas power plant in Killingly CT is moving forward. This proposal, started under the previous Governor, was touted as a necessary bridge fuel to assure that New England residents would have enough electricity even in times of peak demand.
Let them know we need to clean up our air!
The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has proposed new rules to reduce pollution from U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works. Right before Thanksgiving, pollution in the Mon Valley was so bad that we had a week of air that violated state and federal standards. Too many local residents have lung or heart problems that make them especially vulnerable to serious health problems from this pollution.
Right now, the Montgomery County Council is poised to vote on Zoning Text Amendment 20-01, a bill to open the Agricultural Reserve to industrial solar development. We submitted testimony to the Council about our concerns about this bill four months ago - but the most important of our concerns are still being ignored.
In December 2020 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an “Interim Guidance” for disposal and destruction of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as “forever chemicals.” Unfortunately EPA’s new guidance does not ensure the public that PFAS can be disposed of safely. Instead, this document outlines and exposes a long list of unknowns about what happens to PFAS wastes sent to landfills or incinerators, or injected into deep wells underground.