Topic

clean water

23 petitions

Started 5 days ago

Petition to Bruno L. Pigott, Robert A. Kaplan

Please Hold U.S. Steel Accountable for Clean Water Act Violations

The Great Lakes are a critical contributor to Indiana’s economy, environment, and quality of life. Our precious Lake Michigan provides drinking water, recreational opportunities, as well as many jobs to our region. It also is the lifeblood of the Indiana dunes and our National Lakeshore—the reason for our precious landscape to exist as it does, and the reason so many of us choose to live here. Save the Dunes is committed to Lake Michigan and the Indiana dunes’ protection, but we need your help.  The U.S. Steel Portage Facility violated the Clean Water Act last April and again in October when it illegally discharged wastewater containing hexavalent chromium into Burns Waterway near Lake Michigan. The toxic and carcinogenic hexavalent chromium, made famous in the movie Erin Brockovich, shut down public beaches from Gary to Michigan City for several days, closed public drinking water intakes, and endangered aquatic life. Many residents were unaware of the spill or found out well after the fact, suggesting that there is room for communication improvements. Unfortunately, these are not U.S. Steel’s only recent violations of the Clean Water Act. Other violations unrelated to hexavalent chromium, but still violations that threaten our Lake Michigan, have taken place. Over the last five years, U.S. Steel has violated the federal Clean Water Act over 50 times— many being repeat violations. Certainly, enough is enough. Our communities must insist that U.S. Steel make real changes to its maintenance and operation practices in order to stop putting Lake Michigan and public health at risk. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) have the authority and responsibility to address these issues, and are currently pursuing action. Yet, it is critical for us to speak up and let these agencies know just how much we are counting on them to take strong, meaningful action and hold U.S. Steel accountable for its violations and to ensure U.S. Steel’s compliance in the future. Northwest Indiana residents and visitors must take action and let the U.S. EPA and IDEM know that we want accountability. Therefore, Save the Dunes requests that residents and lovers of Lake Michigan and our National Lakeshore raise our voices by participating in this petition to U.S. EPA Region 5 Acting Administrator, Robert Kaplan, and IDEM Commissioner, Bruno L. Pigott, asking to firmly hold accountable U.S. Steel for its actions now and in the future. Lake Michigan, the Indiana dunes, & our National Lakeshore are counting on you to raise your voice. Please sign your name to the petition!

Save the Dunes Conservation Fund
883 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to John Manning, Cecil Pendergrass, Larry Kiker, Brian Hamman, Frank Mann

Clean Water for our Neighbors in Charleston Park, FL

Most of us take clean water in our homes for granted, we jump in the shower every morning without giving it a second thought.  But for our Lee County neighbors in the Charleston Park Community of Alva the water that flows into their homes is not even remotely clean.  For them the water is not fit to cook with or even brush their teeth, but they must use it to wash their clothes, dishes and to bathe their children. The residents of Charleston Park have been sick with stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, rashes. Cancer is a worry. They blame the water. It’s been that way for decades and little is being done about it. According to Tim Byrne CEO of Aqua Consultants, the water in Charleston Park is the worst that he has seen in his decades of water treatment business.  It's hard to believe that in 2017 just a short distance from the highly prized Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel and Captiva Islands with their faboulous resorts, meticulously manicured golf courses and high-end real estate our neighbors in Charleston Park are struggling to survive with contaminated water in their homes. Alice Washington was a powerful voice for the people of Charleston Park, but sadly the people have lost their advocate.  In her memory, the signers of this petition urge the Lee County Board of County Commissioners to find a way to bring clean water to Charleston Park.  Everyone in Lee County deserves to have clean water in their homes.  

Deborah Wright
196 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Donald Trump

End the Occupation of Our Public Lands by Livestock

to end the killing of canis lupus which results from wolves killing cattle however it is not really that simple,you see these cattle once turned out to graze actually cause the wolves natural prey animals such as Deer and Elk and depending upon the State Big Horn Sheep and Antelope to Leave the area meaning wolf territory. regardless of the Natural prey for the particular geography the Point is these essential to Maintaining Diversity and Sustainability Wolves are left with only 2 choices either Starve and let the Pack Starve or take what is Available which is Invasive Destructive Cattle..  time after time we have watched as Wildlife officials side with the cattle and the end result has been the eradication of entire packs of  keystone predators wiped out behind a invasive species that competes for the same exact forage as the natural prey animals and the unfair advantage being taken of wolves is a potential ecological nightmare just waiting for the inevitable final straw that leads to collapse of the natural world that will result from the removal of Wolves from the North American landscape again and might i remind you all,You tried this in the 30s and were nearly successful in eradicating gray wolves in the lower 48 states but in the mid 90s We began to put together the puzzle pertaining to our imbalanced ecosystems in several states Idaho and Montana in particular gray wolves were reintroduced into both northern Idaho and the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem in both cases the ecological and biological elements recovered and diversity had been restored however,Sustainability of these ecosystems wherein wolves reside is still out of reach because cattle are leading to their native homes no longer being safe as long as ranchers are being rewarded and reimbursed by the federal government for all losses to depredations regardless of the species found to be at fault why then do they insist wolves must die?  to level the playing field giving the home advantage back to wolves cattle must be removed to allow natures guardians of diversity and sustainability to keep our nations wild animal populations such as Deer and Elk and Big Horn Sheep healthy and abundant for all future generations      

Mike Collins
2,998 supporters