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6th of September 2019

N.H. Grassroots Activists Win Big Victory for Clean Water

Mindi is a mom, water scientist and former lawmaker who ran for office because of her concern about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contaminating water in the Seacoast Region of New Hampshire. PFAS, a class of chemicals linked to cancer, kidney disease and other serious health concerns, has been found in drinking water in communities across New Hampshire, the Northeast and the country.


It’s Not Just Clean Energy, It’s the Air We Breathe

This year, Springfield, Massachusetts, was once again named the Asthma Capital of the United States by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. When a biomass incinerator was proposed in Springfield more than a decade ago, neighbors knew they couldn’t let another air polluter into their city. Led by Arise for Social Justice, dedicated activists have kept the proposed incinerator from being built year after year.


3rd of September 2019

Stopping pesticides one town at a time

Pesticides are toxic. It makes sense—they’re designed to kill living things. The corporations that produce these pesticides have a powerful hold on the public imagination, pushing their chemicals as a “solution” for killing weeds and stopping pests. That means that in our cities and towns, these chemicals are sprayed over kids’ playing fields, dumped into lakes, and used on home lawns.


15th of August 2019

How you’re fighting for protection from toxic chemicals

Only a broken chemical regulatory system would allow polluters to keep pumping out the same chemicals that are poisoning the water of likely 110 million U.S. residents. PFAS are known to cause kidney disorders, cancers and more. But the EPA doesn’t have a single enforceable law to get PFAS out of our drinking water. And worse, they’re letting more new PFAS chemicals on the market every year.


3rd of August 2019

How one big polluter got away with it

The toxic Teflon chemicals called PFAS are likely in the drinking water of 110 million Americans, and there is still no enforceable protection on the books. And even though these chemicals cause kidney disease, cancer and other serious health problems, the EPA keeps allowing more new PFAS onto the market. If the chemical regulatory system isn’t working for us, who is it working for?


16th of July 2019

The Illustrated Story of Our Chemical System

Like all chemicals that corporations seek to put on the market, PFAS was considered innocent until proven guilty. The only law that regulates new chemicals has never once stopped one from entering the market. But after women working with PFAS at DuPont began to notice that their children had strangely similar birth defects, farmers near factories saw their cattle dying off, and workers started dying of the same cancers, people began to raise concerns.


15th of July 2019

DEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg Upholds Air Permit to Weymouth Compressor

Commissioner Martin Suuberg of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued an approval of the air quality permit for the Weymouth compressor station today. The compressor has been the focus of hot attention, even just yesterday a letter was released signed by half the Senate opposing the proposal.


1st of July 2019

Vermont AG Suing Companies for PFAS Contamination

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), Toxics Action Center, Vermont Natural Resources Council, and Vermont Conservation Voters issued the following statement today after Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan announced lawsuits against several companies for contaminating water supplies with toxic PFAS chemicals.


20th of June 2019

Boston Releases a Zero Waste Plan!

We did it! This week, Boston released a plan to move the City to zero waste after years of powerful community organizing.


Boston Releases Plan to Move City to Zero Waste

Today, the City of Boston announced a set of recommendations that will bring the city into the zero waste economy, moving away from a polluting waste system and creating good jobs for local residents.