Petition to Jeff Bezos, Bob Miller
Ban Plastics From Albertsons' and Whole Foods Markets within 5 Years
It's time the retailers take some responsibility! Communities around the world (including ours in Idaho) are struggling with the issue of what to do with all the plastic being pushed on consumers (many simply trying to feed their families). Plastic is made from oil. If we're ever going to wean ourselves from fossil fuels we must also wean ourselves of plastic packaging. An estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic end up in oceans each year, according to Greenpeace. We are asking Mr. Bezos of Whole Foods and Mr. Miller of Albertsons' to follow the lead of Iceland Supermarket. “The onus is on retailers, as leading contributors to plastic packaging pollution and waste, to take a stand and deliver meaningful change.*” Iceland has become the first major retailer to commit to eliminate plastic packaging for all its own-brand products. The supermarket chain, which specialises in frozen food, said it would go plastic-free within five years to help end the “scourge” of plastic pollution. The current plastic packaging would be replaced with paper and pulp trays and paper bags, which would be recyclable through domestic waste collections or in-store recycling facilities. The supermarket recently carried out a survey in which 80% of 5,000 people polled said they would endorse the move to go plastic-free. Iceland managing director, *Richard Walker, said: “The world has woken up to the scourge of plastics. A truckload is entering our oceans every minute, causing untold damage to our marine environment and ultimately humanity – since we all depend on the oceans for our survival. He also said Iceland would ensure all packaging was fully recyclable and would be recycled, through support for initiatives such as a bottle deposit return scheme for plastic bottles. From The Guardian 2018-01-15: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jan/15/iceland-vows-to-eliminate-plastic-on-all-own-branded-products
Petition to Todd Spitzer (3rd District Supervisor), TCA Board, 5th District Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Gov Jerry Brown, Pat Bates, Jerry Brown, Bill Brough, Darrell Issa, Donald Trump, City of San Clemente, LIsa Bartlett, Malcolm Dougherty, Shawn Nelson, Ed Sachs, Mike Munzing, Christina Shea, Jose Moreno, Joseph Muller, Scott Voight, Mark Murphy
NO Toll Roads Through South OC, which includes San Onofre State Park and Beltway!!!
- The Toll Road Goes over VOTER APPROVED OPEN SPACE! - San Clemente, South County and TCA decided long time ago that a toll road through South OC would have devastating effects - our General Plans specifies open space. This toll road will ensure economic hardship, neighborhood and community cohesion by bisecting our cities, negative response times for first responders, air quality, noise, traffic, visual impacts and environmental impacts. - We believe that the mobility study in November was flawed, where the questions forced you to give an answer to one of the routes. The ascertainment study was done with 45 individuals who have never been disclosed. The population of the affected area is 300,000 people - a laughable sampling group. - Transportation is changing at a fast pace. Don't build 1970s technology when we are the cusp of major technological advances such as autonomous cars and hyperloops. - This is a vanity road - only wealthy people can afford this Toll Road. Toll Roads discriminate against the elderly, students and low income families. - Our homes values, views, health and quality of life will be deeply affected. The 92673 zip code has a whooping 23% drop in year over year sales!! - Their own mobility studies indicate that ARTERIALS are better solutions. The city of San Clemente has commissioned a $90,000 study to determine the best arterials for the region. - We have already widened the I5 Freeway. San Clemente and South OC will be subjected again to years of construction and widening of the freeway to make the connection to the 5. Toll Lanes would be added from Pico to Basilone Road - One of the alignments would go very near 6 schools - San Juan Hills High, Vista Del Mar, Marblehead, Bernice Ayres and Truman Benedict and San Clemente High. Esencia and Tesoro. In 2003, California passed a law that freeways can't be constructed 500 feet from schools. Living near a freeway has detrimental effects on learning, lung capacity and higher risks of cancer. - We value our open space and we bought our homes as such. If we wanted to live in Irvine, we would do that but we chose South OC. San Clemente and San Juan are historical towns and fully developed. The TCA has never gone through a fully developed cities - Cost per mile to build this Toll Road could be at par with the bullet train (Pacific Research Group from 2014) - We have among the highest tolls in the nation. To compensate with sagging ridership, the Toll Road has risen their Tolls 12 times since inception. This is just another Tax on citizens - (Pacific Research Group) - According to Pacific Research Group, The Toll Roads have received over $1.7 Billion dollars of taxpayer money through grants, developer fees. Once the Toll Roads are completed, Caltrans is responsible for maintaining roads at Taxpayer expenses. Fix the current roads. - If this was truly about mobility, lower pricing should be offered at the other Tolls (241 and 73) to take more cars off the road. Use price management according to times of the day. - San Clemente does not meet Air Quality Standards (AQMD) NOW, a TollWay will add more to this problem according to the Coastal Commission report from 2008. - The open space that the Toll Road wants to go over is already been used as mitigation land. One can't mitigate the mitigation land. - None of the studies included minority groups and disenfranchised groups that will not be able to afford to ride on this VANITY Toll Road. - According to their TCA own studies - this Toll Road will have minimal impact on traffic reduction -2% to 8%. - The routes through South OC can potentially lower property values of thousands of homes with an impact of millions of dollars to the city, county and state. - Free arterials are the key. Making Los Patrones a Toll Road would increase traffic on Antonio by an additional 22,000 cars. - To this day, the Toll Roads have NEVER met ridership projections! Their initial revenue projections were off by a whooping 420% - Miles driven have steadily decreased in North America, even as population grows. The peak driving in North America happened in 2007. - Traffic on the I5 San Clemente/San Diego border have actually decreased in the last 10 years!! and not EVER met the projections that the TCA presented of 220,000 cars!! The actual number 130,000 cars. - Traffic in OC has increased by a mere 2 minutes - We reject all the ROUTES through South OC that go by established communities or by the Park. San Onofre State Park is visited by 2.5 million people a year and is one of the most utilized and state parks in California. Trestles should be protected. - Population in OC is aging!! Chapman University notes that a quickly aging Orange County population won’t grow by much in the coming years. A key reason? Foreign immigration, a major population boost, will slow as local departures rise. By 2020, Orange County will add a net 92,000 residents — all older than 65 - Rancho Mission Viejo, where the majority of the development is happening, has emphatically said that they reject the Toll Road plan and they can deal with their traffic with their own arterials "San Clemente was founded and built by Ole Hanson, my grandfather, with a very beautiful idea in mind: An authentic Spanish Revisionist Architecture town by the sea that blended into the gorgeous landscape and ocean shore. Quality of life was one of the main ideas, with the nice Mediterranean climate complimented by the Sunshine. Here, he considered, was just the place for swimming, walking, exercise and health in harmony with nature. The plan was right out of Ole Hanson's philosophy of life that he shared with his good, late friend, President Theodore Roosevelt. Now, those who have no interest in the City of San Clemente, nor the healthy lifestyle it promotes, nor the beauty of the city and it's history, plan to sully the beauty of this magical place with a hideous toll road. This is something that my grandfather would oppose intensely....And I share his sentiments. This monstrosity must be stopped and not allowed to proceed. Oppose this with every inch of your political fortitude. I stand with you. Phil Halfhill Hanson"
Petition to Supervisor Burgis, Supervisor Andersen, Supervisor Glover, Supervisor Gioia, Supervisor Mitchoff
Contra Costa County Urban Limit Line Threatened! Over 9,000 acres of Open Space At Risk! Stop Urban Sprawl into Tassajara Valley!
A high-density 125 home development (“Tassajara Parks”) is being proposed for the undeveloped portion of Tassajara Valley east of Danville. The development is outside the voter mandated Urban Limit Line (“ULL”) that prohibits urban development outside the line and into the county’s protected agricultural lands and open spaces. If the county supervisors approve this development, it will establish a precedent for other developers to follow, and put at risk over 9,000 acres of voter approved protected lands in the county to further development. Add your name to telling the county’s supervisors to reject this development proposal and respect the will of the county’s voters that the Urban Limit Line means “no development outside of the line”.
Petition to US Congress
Bring Transparency to Big Ag!
We need your help. Big Ag has been caught abusing commodity advertising programs to attack sustainable food companies. We need to stop this from happening again. These programs – known as “checkoffs” – have been used by the beef, pork, and egg industries to undermine alternatives to factory farmed products. The Egg Board, for example, attempted to squash a plant-based company and prevent its products from being sold. To ensure checkoffs are held accountable, The Good Food Institute is working with Senators Lee (R-UT) and Booker (D-NJ) and Representatives Brat (R-VA) and Titus (D-NV) to support two bills: The Opportunities for Fairness in Farming Act (OFF) The Voluntary Checkoff Program Participation Act These bills are designed as commonsense measures to bring much-needed transparency and accountability to checkoff programs. You can protect animals and the environment by keeping Big Ag checkoffs in check. Every signature counts! For background on checkoffs and why reform is absolutely necessary to ensure a healthy, humane, and sustainable food supply, click here.
Petition to California State House, California State Senate, California Governor, Ben Allen, Steven Bradford, Al Muratsuchi, Joe Buscaino, Dr. Clark Parker Sr., William Burke
Take Action to ban hydrofluoric acid in CA refineries - Please FWD
As a critical and time-sensitive public safety issue, we call on California lawmakers to vote in favor of AB 1645 and AQMD Board Members to adopt Rule 1410 to BAN and REPLACE MHF and HF alkylation at California refineries. We recommend a deadline of 2022 for elimination of MHF/HF alkylation, to be replaced with an alternative of the refinery’s choice. Commercially available options include sulfuric acid, ionic liquid, and solid acid catalyst. The industry is mounting massive lobbying and PR campaigns to thwart both efforts. Don’t listen to the industry’s misleading economic scare tactics. The community must rise up to show massive support for AB 1645 and Rule 1410. If we do, we can win this battle. We survived the Torrance refinery shut down; a MHF transition should be shorter and have less impact. After signing this petition visit TRAASouthBay.com to send letters of support to the SCAQMD board and CA legislators and sign up for TRAA’s twice-a-month newsletter to COORDINATE with us and follow the news. For a lawn sign, write to LawnSigns@TRAASouthBay.com. You can donate online at TRAASouthBay.com. “LIKE” Torrance Refinery Action Alliance on Facebook and like and share our posts. fb.me/BanMHF Learn more on the website. TELL YOUR FRIENDS. Come to a TRAA meeting to work with your neighbors on this cause, the 1st and 3rd Monday each month (except holidays) 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sizzler 2880 Sepulveda Blvd, Torrance. Back room. Or email TRAASouthBay@gmail.org to offer help. ALERT: This affects residents in Torrance, Redondo Beach, Gardena, Carson, Lawndale, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Wilmington, L.A., Lomita, Rolling Hills, San Pedro, Palos Verdes Estates, West Rancho Dominguez, and Long Beach, California. BACKGROUND During the February 18, 2015 explosion at the Torrance refinery, a flying 80,000 lb. piece of equipment slammed down at 60 MPH just 5 ft. from a tank with 50,000 lb. of modified hydrofluoric acid (MHF). Federal safety officials say the surrounding communities "dodged a bullet.” The Chemical Safety Board says that accident could have been catastrophic. One of the world’s most dangerous industrial chemicals, hydrofluoric acid (HF), is used in massive quantities in only two California refineries, Torrance and the Valero in Wilmington. The eight other CA refineries with alkylation units use a much safer alternative — sulfuric acid. HF refineries claim an additive mixed in with the HF makes it safe. But with only one or two additive molecules per hundred molecules of MHF, it’s too little to make a difference. “Modified” HF (MHF) is just as deadly as HF. If released, it forms a ground-hugging cloud that can drift for miles, causing death and injury. The refineries’ other mitigation measures, like water sprays and barriers, are also ineffective. Mass casualties can result from an MHF release — wind direction determines who dies. The US EPA has conducted a preliminary investigation into MHF http://bit.ly/2poBJro. The AQMD has reviewed innumerable technical documents from the refineries. (Chart 5, http://bit.ly/2wBHeUh) Both this preliminary EPA inspection report and the initial AQMD staff recommendations were that MHF risk is assumed identical to HF risk. The US Chemical Safety Board and Department of Justice have sued ExxonMobil to get proprietary information on MHF. The 2015 accident could have created an HF plume large enough to cause 16 miles of serious irreversible injuries. Death would be possible within the first 8 miles. In 2015 the air was moving to the WSW so the plume would have headed out to sea. People would have died all the way to the Redondo Beach pier. Twenty three schools lie within the main debris field left by the explosion. Even if emergency systems kept 90% of the tank’s acid from escaping, the remaining 5,000 lb. acid plume would have been large enough to kill people nearly all the way to the beach. The EPA's, CSB’s, and AQMD’s MHF investigations are due to activism and scientific sleuthing by local residents, who joined forces in the Torrance Refinery Action Alliance (TRAA). Local scientists on our Advisory Panel discovered MHF is over 98% HF by molecule count and behaves exactly like HF at normal refinery operating temperatures and pressures. http://bit.ly/2p6dPCn The industry has been lying to us for 27 years. MHF is no safer than HF. Yet, industry is still lying. It’s up to us, the residents. The South Bay must not accept the status of “sacrifice zone” to benefit PBF in Torrance and Valero in Wilmington, or to avoid a short one-time disruption during the transition. How much are more than a half-million Californians worth? See our website to write to legislators and AQMD board members. TRAASouthBay.org You can also call or fax! California Governor Jerry Brown Phone: (916) 445-2841 Fax: (916) 558-3160 email: https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/index.php California State Senator Ben Allen Capitol Office (916) 651-4026 District Office (310) 318-6994 email http://sd26.senate.ca.gov/contact/message California State Senator Steven Bradford Capitol Office (916) 651-4035 District Office (310) 514-8573 email http://sd35.senate.ca.gov/contact California State Assembly Al Muratsuchi Capitol office (916) 319-2066 District Office (310) 375-0691 email: https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD66
Petition to St. Johns River Water Management District, Nanatte Church, Gretchen Kelley
Hydroblasting (Round 2): Request for Public Hearing
The St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) is considering Webster Creek Development, Inc's. application allowing HYDROBLASTING (aka hydroleveling) in the Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve, New Smyrna Beach, FL. Initial review by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) resulted in rejection of the application, however, the SJRWMD is favoring approval and has encouraged the applicant to reapply to the USACE. We are concerned that such activity will have long-term, negative impact on the water quality in the Indian River Lagoon and request a public hearing. From a recent correspondence to applicant: "We would like to continue working informally with you to resolve these and any other issues related to the application." "Staff suggests resubmittal to the Army Corps of Engineers as soon as possible so that the project can be reviewed in tandem and the permitting effort is as efficient as possible." -Nanette Church, Senior Regulatory Scientist, SJRWMD, 7/14/2017 Link to the SJRWMD permitting portal: https://permitting.sjrwmd.com/epermitting/jsp/Search.do?theAction=searchDetail&permitNumber=146336 If you are opposed to signing on-line petitions, you can use the above link to comment directly to the SJRWMD. It is very easy to do. Regardless of the platform, our voices deserve to be heard!
Petition to Natural Resources Board-Laurie Ross, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Diane Brusoe, Jeffrey Voltz, Ed Eberle, Ben Bergey, Douglas Haag
The Wisconsin DNR must deny Kohler Company the use of public State lands for their private profit. The role of the WDNR is to protect the environment...not work for developers.
The Kohler Company has proposed building a golf course in a pristine forest and sensitive environmental corridor in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. We are asking the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to DENY the Kohler Company's request for an easement across heavily used public recreational lands which are part of the Kohler-Andrae State Park. We ask the DNR to DENY the Kohler Company's request to build a private maintenance shed on over 12 acres of public land. The DNR must tell the Kohler Company they can NOT destroy wetlands, bulldoze rare dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline, clear cut over 125 acres of forest and use public lands for a private, for-profit, Golf course. The DNR must NOT set a precedent of stealing land from Wisconsin residents and giving to the highest bidder. We are requesting the Wisconsin DNR to PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT AND PRESERVE WISCONSIN'S PUBLIC LANDS. http://www.friendsblackriverforest.org
Petition to City of Dover New Hampshire
City of Dover, NH: Please Expand Organic Pilot Program
Starting in Spring 2015, the City of Dover, NH initiated a pilot program by beginning the process of managing two public spaces, lower Henry Law park and Sullivan Dr. ball field, organically. This is a tremendously positive first step. Along with hosting a municipal training session with Chip Osborne in Fall 2015, and eliminating the use of pollinator harming neonicotinoid class insecticides on school and city owned property, the City has made good progress in fulfilling the promises set out in the Sustainable Dover initiative. We wish to thank them for their efforts so far, and encourage the city to keep up the good work by expanding the program to include all city owned property, and eliminating toxic herbicide use for curbside vegetation control. This is being done successfully elsewhere. Pesticide use effects all of us, and our children are especially vulnerable. Recently dozens of leading scientists and medical experts have created a call to action to reduce widespread exposures to chemicals that interfere with fetal and children’s brain development. They state that "the current system in the United States for evaluating scientific evidence and making health-based decisions about environmental chemicals is fundamentally broken." It is imperative that we continue to move ahead in eliminating as much of these types of exposures as we can. Some of the products being used by the city contractors include... Mec Amine-D 3-way herbicide - (2,4 – d, Mecoprop-P, & Dicamba) 2,4 - d is a component of Vietnam defoliant Agent Orange, and it is contaminated with dioxin during the manufacturing process. The three active ingredients have never been tested in combination, only alone and never as a whole formulated product with 'inert' proprietary ingredients that comprise more than half. Acclaim - contains ingredients that are considered to be probable orsuspected human carcinogens, and may have target organ effects, or Quinclorac for post emergent crabgrass control to Soccer fields. Dimension - crabgrass pre-emergent herbicide Roundup Promax & Rodeo Herbicide - (glyphosate) Listed by the World Health Organization as a probable carcinogen, known to be genotoxic, which means it damages DNA in ways that can cause cancer, and shows endocrine disrupting activity at very low levels. Reward herbicide, active ingredient diquat dibromide. Residues of diquat have been found to persist in soil for many years with very little degradation. It doesn't have to be this way. As the home of the Children's Museum, the city of Dover receives many visitors. We have the opportunity to set an example for surrounding Seacoast communities by expanding the organic pilot programs to public areas still being conventionally treated, such as upper Henry Law park (pictured above), the public library, the McConnell Center, and many other spaces where children in particular frequent. Not only is this program good for public and environmental health - but it also contributes to fiscal health by saving taxpayer money in the long term. Going forward, we ask that the City of Dover commits to stop using toxic pesticides in public places, to encourage organic property maintenance for all new developments, and to provide education to businesses and residents about organic property maintenance and least toxic alternatives for weed control.