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PFAS Rhode Island

Toxic chemicals such as PFAS are found in many common products such as clothing, carpets, fabrics for furniture, adhesives, paper packaging for food, firefighting foam, and heat-resistant/non-stick cookware.

Barton Spring. photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey.

As the Texas Hill Country adds population, more and more subdivisions want to send their sewage to treatment plants which discharge the treated effluent directly into creeks and rivers. Discharge of treated effluent into waterways is banned inside the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, where water percolates through cracks and fissures in the limestone creek beds directly into the sensitive Aquifer below. But the practice is still allowed just upstream in the Contributing Zone, even though waterways there flow directly into the Recharge Zone, taking whatever pollutants they contain with them.

Corn field -- credit Jeff Laitila -- Flickr Creative Commons

We need more than just voluntary actions to clean up this mess and make these polluters pay their fair share of the cleanup costs.  Everyone in Minnesota needs to have access to safe and affordable drinking water. 

Send a letter to Governor Walz asking him to be a champion for our water and make corporate industrial ag clean up after themselves!

Similar to a business or household, our local governments purchase furniture and supplies for maintenance, cleaning, and other tasks.   Usually, the county will create contracts with vendors that sell these products in order to make it easier to purchase large quantities.  These large contracts are an opportunity to be more sustainable – the county can require that vendors provide options for products that are better for the environment. 

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Plastic bags litter our streets and streams, and their creation and disposal contributes to air and water pollution and climate change. Email the Mayor and City Council: it's about time to #ReThink Disposable plastic bags.

Resonant Energy - Second Church in Dorchester, MA

Massachusetts’ solar program, Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART), isn’t working for many. The so-called “SMART” program has not resulted in any noticeable number of low income solar projects. Thankfully, there is opportunity to fix this.  The Department of Energy Resources is currently reviewing the program and has been directed to pay extra attention to low and moderate income solar access.