Time to ban the beads

By | Russell Bassett
Clean Water Digital Campaigner

We all want our teeth to be clean after brushing, and our bodies to be clean after showering, but did you know the products used in these everyday activities could be harming wildlife? Hundreds of commonly-used household products contain tiny plastic microbeads, which can be a big problem for our environment. 

EPA: Take potential Clean Air Act violations seriously.

By | Sara E Smith
Staff Attorney

Major facilities in Texas frequently break the law and exceed the amount of pollution they are allowed to release based on their agreed upon permit terms.

All too often, government agencies allow these violations of Clean Air permits to go unpunished, whether from lack of political will, lack of resources or other reasons.  This lax enforcement encourages facilities to continue polluting—and endangering public health—with impunity.

Nothing to fear from clean water

By | Russell Bassett
Clean Water Digital Campaigner

Halloween is the annual time to celebrate all the creepy things that go bump in the night, but what's really fightening are the many very real threats to our waterways and drinking water. Nothing is more important to life than clean water, yet few things are taken more for granted. We turn on our taps or swim in a local lake without fear because we believe the systems are working to keep our water clean. The fact is, those systems don’t always work, and in many cases, are failing to keep water safe. 

If America were to take advantage of just a fraction of its wind energy potential to get 30 percent of its electricity from the wind by 2030, the nation could cut carbon emissions from power plants to 40 percent below 2005 levels. That much pollution-free energy would help states meet and exceed the emission reductions called for by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, and help the nation meet its commitment to cut U.S. carbon pollution by 32 percent by 2030. To ensure that wind power is a central component of the Clean Power Plan, strong federal incentives are needed to help drive this clean, renewable energy. 

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