Press Release: Emergency Vigil for Climate and Immigrant Justice
On Thursday, July 19, over 300 advocates for climate and immigrant justice joined forces to express their discontent over leadership of the House’s failure to protect the most vulnerable people and communities in Massachusetts. The 300 advocates visited both Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee Jeffrey Sanchez, as well as Speaker Robert DeLeo.
13th of July 2018
Advocates Respond to House’s Failed Leadership on Climate
Today, climate and environmental advocates were angered by the Massachusetts House of Representatives’ decision to pass a paltry increase to the renewable portfolio standard, rejecting more progressive options. The Mass Power Forward coalition, comprised of more than 150 member groups supporting climate and environmental justice policies, denounced the bill, H.4738, as an utter abdication of progressive leadership on renewable energy.
Senate Passes Bill Addressing Lead in Drinking Water at Schools and Day Care Centers
The Senate passed a bill today tackling the problem of lead in drinking water. The bill establishes a commission on remediating lead in the drinking water of schools and early childhood centers (H. 2595).
Vermont’s Updated Health Advisory for Drinking Water is Just the Beginning
VNRC, VCV, and fellow advocates issued a statement after Vermont’s announcement this week that the state’s health advisory for drinking water will now include test results for three additional PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) chemicals.
11th of July 2018
Pass Clean Energy, Climate and Justice Laws in MA
Watch Video: Right now, the House of Representatives is moving to vote on four bills. We need these bills to increase clean energy, expand access to solar projects to renters and low income communities, and create a real plan to protect us from climate change.
5th of July 2018
National PFAS Contamination Coalition Statement Re: Pruitt’s resignation
“This coalition is here to send a message that no matter who’s in charge at EPA, the PFAS crisis impacting drinking water for millions of Americans should be a top priority,” said Shaina Kasper, Vermont and New Hampshire State Director at Toxics Action Center, the New England-wide public health and environmental non-profit.
29th of June 2018
Impacted residents speak to top EPA officials about PFAS in water at first PFAS Community Summit in nation
Monday night the EPA kicked off its first Community Summit on PFAS in the country at Exeter High School in Exeter, New Hampshire. PFASs, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are chemicals linked to reproductive cancers, kidney disorders, decreased immunity and other serious health problems. Communities dealing with PFAS contamination in their drinking water from all over New England came to share their stories and demand stronger action from the agency.
21st of June 2018
Grassroots Leaders Across the Country Stand Up for Clean Drinking Water
Westfield, Mass., is one of many cities and towns across the country where residents are organizing to clean up PFAS drinking water contamination.
Westfield, Mass., Residents Win Pledges to Address Health Concerns after PFAS Water Contamination
Left to right: Former Westfield City Councilor Mary O’Connell, WRAFT co-founder Kristen Mello, and Mary Jones of Toxics Action Center after their meeting with Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s staff.