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Please join Clean Water Action, the California Indian Environmental Association, and the San Francisco Estuary Institute...
11/19/2021

Please join Clean Water Action, the California Indian Environmental Association, and the San Francisco Estuary Institute for this great event. Go to www.sfei.org/projects/PFASBayFish to register!

Please join Clean Water Action, the California Indian Environmental Association, and the San Francisco Estuary Institute for this great event. Go to www.sfei.org/projects/PFASBayFish to register!

Yep, we knew this.  According to CA state scientists, PFOA can cause harm in water at .007 parts per trillion and PFOS a...
11/18/2021
Two 'forever chemicals' more toxic than previously thought: EPA drafts

Yep, we knew this. According to CA state scientists, PFOA can cause harm in water at .007 parts per trillion and PFOS at 1 part per trillion.
https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/581864-two-forever-chemicals-more-toxic-than-previously-thought-epa-drafts

New draft reports from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have found that two “forever chemicals” are more toxic than previously thought, and that one is likely carcinogenic to humans.

REI sells outdoor clothing with PFAS and unlike others in that industry they are not responding to the call to find alte...
11/16/2021
Tell REI to phase PFAS out of it's products

REI sells outdoor clothing with PFAS and unlike others in that industry they are not responding to the call to find alternatives to chemicals that are polluting our water and ourselves. Tell them to dump the PFAS! Act today: https://cleanwater.salsalabs.org/rei-phase-out-pfas/index.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=d03ccfb5-55e8-4732-b128-00c69606e3d1

REI is the perfect company to lead the industry away from PFAS. If enough of us come together, we can convince REI CEO Eric Artz to be a leader and only sell products without these toxic chemicals!

11/15/2021
Shower Jam

A great suggestion from East Bay Municipal Utilities District on how to save water-and have fun. Turn on your speakers.

Its not just a waste problem. Every plastic we use is made somewhere and is poisoning those communities.
11/11/2021
Editorial: COVID-19 was a pandemic for plastic too

Its not just a waste problem. Every plastic we use is made somewhere and is poisoning those communities.

Researchers estimate that the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the use of an extra 8 million tons of single-use plastic globally, with as much as 26,000 tons of it dumped into the ocean.

While we banned the use of PFAS firefighting foams for non-federally required uses in CA, the FAA is dragging its feet o...
11/10/2021
Gillibrand, Kildee Lead Colleagues In Letter Urging FAA To Enable Airports To Transition To PFAS-Free Firefighting Foam

While we banned the use of PFAS firefighting foams for non-federally required uses in CA, the FAA is dragging its feet on changing the requirements for airports. Thank you @SenFeinstein, @SenAlexPadilla, @RepHuffman, @RepLowenthal, and @RepRoKhanna for signing on to this important letter.

This week, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Dan Kildee (D-MI) led over 50 of their colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) urging th…

And a bit of good news - less waste, less money, better plan
11/10/2021
Microsoft Agrees to Expand Consumers’ Repair Options — As You Sow

And a bit of good news - less waste, less money, better plan

In response to a resolution filed by shareholder representative As You Sow , which encouraged Microsoft to respond to the growing “right to repair” movement — the company has agreed to increase consumers’ options to repair their devices by the end of 2022.

Knowing where you live includes knowing its cultural heritage and who lived here originally. Enjoy exploring this great ...
11/10/2021
Valley Water Board Adopts Native American Heritage Month Resolution

Knowing where you live includes knowing its cultural heritage and who lived here originally. Enjoy exploring this great tool.

Valley Water is paying tribute to the rich culture, traditions, and contributions of first Americans, indigenous, aboriginal, and Native American communities. On Tuesday, November 9, 2021, the Vall…

If you love the outdoors, do you want your clothing to poison it?  Of course not.   Shame on REI.  Clean Water Action is...
11/04/2021

If you love the outdoors, do you want your clothing to poison it? Of course not. Shame on REI. Clean Water Action is proud to be part of this campaign calling on the company to dump the PFAS. https://chemicalwatch.com/365540/us-ngos-press-rei-to-fully-phase-out-pfass

If you love the outdoors, do you want your clothing to poison it? Of course not. Shame on REI. Clean Water Action is proud to be part of this campaign calling on the company to dump the PFAS. https://chemicalwatch.com/365540/us-ngos-press-rei-to-fully-phase-out-pfass

You can look on their map for air hot spots near you, but remember that sometimes cancer-causing air is where they make ...
11/03/2021
Poison in the Air

You can look on their map for air hot spots near you, but remember that sometimes cancer-causing air is where they make toxic products we use. Ditch toxics.

The EPA allows polluters to turn neighborhoods into “sacrifice zones” where residents breathe carcinogens. ProPublica reveals where these places are in a first-of-its-kind map and data analysis.

Before the pandemic 3M was lobbying in Sacramento, claiming PFAS are safe.  Now they are saying "some" PFAS are safe.  W...
11/02/2021
3M PFAS production shut down in Belgium by environmental regulators

Before the pandemic 3M was lobbying in Sacramento, claiming PFAS are safe. Now they are saying "some" PFAS are safe. What they mean is they haven't studied them. But independent scientists say that given the fundamental structure of all PFAS-they are all toxic.

The Belgian regulators' edict to stop PFAS production came after recent blood samples of 800 people near the plant.

10/27/2021

How is this more convenient?? 🤔

Meet Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, founder of GreenARMY, an alliance of organizations and residents across Louisiana fighting ...
10/27/2021
Stop Approvals for New and Expanded Petrochemical and Plastic Facilities

Meet Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, founder of GreenARMY, an alliance of organizations and residents across Louisiana fighting the pollution of fenceline petrochemical and plastic facilities.
Sign the petition now to ask President Biden to stop new and expanded petrochemical and plastic facilities: https://bit.ly/StopPetrochemNow #VoicesFromTheFenceline #PlasticJustice.
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The problem with plastic and petrochemicals goes even deeper than pollution poisoning our oceans and waterways. Hurricane Ida is the most recent example of worsening storms every year due to the climate crisis. The production and refinement of plastics is sickening frontline communities that have fa...

We're in a mega-drought (despite the rain) but all is not lost. By taking the "Powder Room Pledge) you can 1) save water...
10/26/2021
Water sustainability: where and how to get started?

We're in a mega-drought (despite the rain) but all is not lost. By taking the "Powder Room Pledge) you can 1) save water, 2) help Clean Water Action in its work, and 3) possibly win a big prize. Check it out! https://cleanwateraction.org/2021/10/13/water-sustainability-where-and-how-get-started

Want a chance to win $10,000 towards a sustainable bathroom (aka “powder room”) makeover project, and support Clean Water? All you have to do is sign the “Powder Room pledge.” For every pledge signed between now and the end of 2021, Clean Water Fund will receive a $1 donation, up to $25,000....

TIME TO STOP USING FLUORESCENT LIGHTING AND MOVE TO LEDS: We are thrilled to be speaking on an upcoming webinar hosted b...
10/25/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Mercury in Fluorescent Lighting Unnecessary Health Risks & Actionable Solutions. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

TIME TO STOP USING FLUORESCENT LIGHTING AND MOVE TO LEDS: We are thrilled to be speaking on an upcoming webinar hosted by @Clean_Lighting. We will discuss the immediate actions @POTUS, @EPA & other policy actors can take to protect public health & the environment from mercury in fluorescent lamps. Register here: https://clasp.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_c1EZNMZjSIamRxDgAhllDw

A new report by the Clean Lighting Coalition, in partnership with the Mercury Policy Project and Responsible Purchasing Network, highlights environmental and health risks posed when fluorescent lamps break, especially to children and other vulnerable populations. It also recommends concrete steps go...

Time to ditch the non-stick, grease-proof coatings that are poisoning us.
10/23/2021
Consumer Groups Urge Faster Action on PFAS “Forever Chemicals”

Time to ditch the non-stick, grease-proof coatings that are poisoning us.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- This week, both Congress and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are taking action to combat a class of so-called "forever chemicals" called Perfluorinated and Polyfluorinated Substances (PFAS) found in thousands of consumer products, but environmental groups sa...

As we celebrate a few drops of water from the sky, remember that we are still in a drought emergency. Conserve!!
10/20/2021
Newsom declares drought emergency across California

As we celebrate a few drops of water from the sky, remember that we are still in a drought emergency. Conserve!!

Gov. Newsom expands the California drought emergency from 50 counties to statewide, but does not order mandatory water conservation.

Shouldn't you be able to have a product fixed where you want it fixed instead of either paying the manufacturer exorbita...
10/14/2021
The Right To Repair Movement - If You Don’t Know, Now You Know | The Daily Show

Shouldn't you be able to have a product fixed where you want it fixed instead of either paying the manufacturer exorbitant charges or buying a new (thus wasteful) product? The Daily Show weighs in: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA7hZDfQDws (Warning, some bad language)

Everything from iPhones and McDonald’s ice cream machines to medical equipment is now designed to be unfixable by the average person. Here’s how the Right to...

“When, over time, one gram of #mercury contaminates an entire lake & the fish that people consume, all sources are a ser...
10/14/2021
Mercury in Fluorescent Lighting: Unnecessary Health Risks & Actionable Solutions | Clean Lighting Coalition

“When, over time, one gram of #mercury contaminates an entire lake & the fish that people consume, all sources are a serious threat… It is time to ban fluorescents and switch to LEDs,” says Andria Ventura from @CleanWaterAction. #CleanLightingProtects our environment. Learn more https://cleanlightingcoalition.org/resources/mercury-in-fluorescent-lighting-report/

A global coalition to eliminate toxic lighting through the Minamata Convention on Mercury. 

Speaking of plastic being bad, how did your favorite company score?  (Hint, Whole Foods got an F) https://www.asyousow.o...
10/12/2021
2021 Corporate Plastic Pollution Scorecard — As You Sow

Speaking of plastic being bad, how did your favorite company score? (Hint, Whole Foods got an F) https://www.asyousow.org/report-page/plastic-pollution-scorecard-2021/

Although the Corporate Plastic Pollution Scorecard 2021 differs in focus from Waste & Opportunity 2020, it is evident from company scores that corporations are beginning to step up to the plate to tackle plastic pollution, both individually and collectively, through partnerships like the Ellen MacAr...

Plastic:  It pollutes, it lasts a long time in the environment, making it poisons local communities, and yes, the chemic...
10/12/2021
Synthetic chemical in consumer products linked to early death, study finds

Plastic: It pollutes, it lasts a long time in the environment, making it poisons local communities, and yes, the chemicals in it can lead to early death. Is it worth it?

Some synthetic chemicals called phthalates in consumer products may linked to early death, especially from heart disease, a new study has found.

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This week in Outside Adventure to the Max, last week's 50th anniversary of Earth Day celebration staged a wild waterpark ride of slips and slides as all sides weighed in on interpreting the Clean Water Act.
https://cleanwateraction.org/2020/04/22/what-clean-water-action-means-me Please join me in celebrating 30 years of Clean Water Action in Calfiornia!
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Can I get an opinion review on this article. thank you very much https://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/op-ed/article229605104.html We need to review this report and analye it. I know but it has to be done.
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DON'T BE FOOLED ... There is a false and very dangerous idea being advanced that somehow the crises of affordable housing can be solved by weakening or gutting the California Environmental Quality Act and other zoning and environmental protections. Groups calling themselves "Yimby" (Yes in my backyard) have formed across the state. At first glance their intentions seem great - organize and advance the development of greater densities within existing neighborhoods to provide more housing for low income residents. But these organizations have swiftly become fronts for development, real estate and banking interests who seek to eliminate all rules regarding development. These interests push a tired and flatly deceptive line that if only they could be allowed to develop more supply, the trickle down effect would be lower prices across the board in housing. DO NOT BE FOOLED!!! This is nothing but corporate greed rearing it's ugly head once more and seeking the same conditions of inflated, artificial price gouging which caused the problem of un-affordable housing in the first place. Ask anyone - specifically politicians - advocating "increasing housing supply" the basic question ... How many new dwellings would have to be built in any neighborhood to make housing affordable to a person earning $15-$20 per hour? A better solution to the affordable housing crises is to increase government regulation and oversight of the real estate and development industry, removing such things as "in lieu of fees" to local governing agencies, which developers take advantage of to avoid any development of low income housing. End the practice of development on open space when redevelopment of older neighborhoods, and specifically abandoned or under-used retail and office space could be redeveloped into affordable housing. Force all elected officials to do their jobs and protect the greater good of their constituents from the short term greed of developer interests. Protecting the environment and providing affordable housing are not mutually exclusive. This is a golden opportunity to institute sustainable planning and development that can lead to a better, cleaner and more equitable situation for all of us in California. DON'T BE FOOLED BY DEVELOPMENT DECEPTION TACTICS!!!
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Donald Trumps Administration is not a friend to our Mother Earth or to it's inhabitants. OrangeistheNewImpeached.com exists to demand his removal and a return to Democracy.
Love the work you all do to help protect California water! I love Josh Tickell's documentaries about the environment, and he posts weekly videos about ways to live healthier and help the environment! Today's video featured Farm to Table owner, Steve Sprinkel and it was about eating organic on a budget! It's also available on his book's page, Kiss the Ground Book