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environmental justice

72 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Scott Pruitt, Walter Mugdan, President of the United States, Chris Christie, Andy Hobbs, Cory Booker, Frank Pallone, Scott Heck, John M. Speer, John Prince

USEPA: Protect 2 million Americans' water + stop toxic discharge in Ringwood State Park!

Support the Edison Wetlands Association's work to save historic Ringwood State Park and help protect drinking water for over 2 million New Jersey residents! The Ringwood Mines Superfund Site is located in the historic and naturally breathtaking mining district in Passaic County, New Jersey; the iron mined by the Ramapough community in Ringwood was used in the construction of the United States Capitol Dome in Washington D.C., the George Washington Bridge going into New York City, the cannon balls fired in WW1 and WW2, and many other national treasures. Ford Motor Company turned this one-of-a-kind piece of American history into a toxic wasteland, dumping paint sludges and other toxic industrial wastes laden with lead, benzene, and 1,4-dioxane directly onto the ground and in the mines throughout the 1960s and 70s. This has poisoned Upper Ringwood families' resources for decades, who suffer devastating health impacts, staggering rates of premature deaths, rare cancers, and autoimmune diseases believed to be linked to the toxins left in their home. Even now in 2017, an ongoing source of cancer-causing chemicals is discharging into Ringwood State Park, directly upstream from a drinking water resource for over 2 million Americans, the Wanaque Reservoir. A May 2017 report from the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission states, "Since the existing [water treatment] plant cannot remove 1,4-dioxane, if the contaminant was to reach the intake it will impact the finished water quality" - confirming the unacceptable threat the contaminants pose to the health of millions, including our most vulnerable population, our children. Tell our elected officials and the United States Environmental Protection Agency to require Ford Motor Company to remove all of the waste it abandoned in Ringwood, not simply cover the problem with a cap, which Ringwood taxpayers will need to maintain forever. The security of clean drinking water should not be governed by one's zip code. Take action now - the families of Ringwood, and anyone who believes a State Park should be safe to enjoy and drinking water safeguarded, are counting on YOU! Please consider donating to the 501(C)(3) non-profit Edison Wetlands Association, dedicated to protecting human health and the environment through education, action, and public awareness. Follow this link to watch "Troubled Water" on Monday, August 14th, which examines leaking toxic nightmares across the United States, putting American families from sea to polluted sea at peril: News21 "Troubled Water" Documentary (CLICK)

Edison Wetlands Association
1,607 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Governor Hogan

Tell Gov. Hogan: Use Maryland's VW Funds for Electric School Buses

Tyrese Robinson is a Maryland teacher and a mother. Her daughter would ride the bus to and from school every day. That is until she was diagnosed with asthma and hospitalized three times. When we met Robinson, she told our team, “Our children are literally packed into a box on these school buses where they are exposed to different kinds of harmful emissions which can trigger asthma, bronchitis and different allergies – or worse. I had to take my daughter off school buses.” Maryland is set to receive $71 million as part of a settlement after Volkswagen illegally polluted our air for decades. We’re demanding Governor Hogan use this money to upgrade Maryland’s aging dirty diesel bus fleets to zero-emissions electric school buses, protecting the 623,000 schoolchildren who ride buses, as well as the countless communities they drive through every single day. After Volkswagen was caught cheating federal emissions tests and illegally polluting our air for decades, they are paying states a $14.7 billion settlement, and Maryland is receiving $71 million earmarked specifically to reduce diesel pollution and transition to zero-emissions vehicles, like electric school buses. It’s almost impossible to think of a reason NOT to upgrade our polluting school buses! Zero-emissions electric buses would immediately reduce the toxic pollutants breathed in by family communities and kids every day, save school districts money on the dirty diesel fuel they’re buying right now, create new jobs for local professionals to maintain the buses, and take a step in the right direction to fight climate change. Asthma is the single biggest factor for kids missing school, and dirty diesel school buses are a huge contributor to that fact. We’re knocking on hundreds of doors and talking to people across Maryland to get Governor Hogan to act, but we need you right now! Tell Governor Hogan not to waste any time and use the Volkswagen settlement funding for zero-emissions electric school buses!  

League of Conservation Voters
57 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Governor Ducey

Tell Gov. Ducey: Use Arizona's VW Funds For Electric School Buses

Herlinda Calderón is an Arizonan mother. Her kids ride buses to school in Phoenix every day. With Arizona’s capital ranked among the most polluted cities in the nation, she knows the dangers of air pollution all too well. When we met Herlinda, she told our team, “Buses shouldn’t run over education with their pollution…investment needs to be made on buses that don’t pollute the environment and the air that our children breathe.” Arizona is set to receive $57 million as part of a settlement after Volkswagen illegally polluted our air for decades. Governor Ducey will be deciding soon what to do with the money. We're demanding he use it to upgrade Arizona’s aging dirty diesel bus fleets to zero-emissions electric school buses, protecting the 300,000 schoolchildren who ride buses, as well as the countless communities they drive through, every single day. It’s almost impossible to think of a reason NOT to upgrade our polluting school buses! Zero-emissions electric buses would immediately reduce the toxic pollutants our family communities and kids breathe in every day, save school districts money on the dirty diesel fuel they’re buying right now, create new jobs for local professionals to maintain the buses, and take a step in the right direction to fight climate change. Asthma is the single biggest factor for kids missing school, and dirty diesel school buses are a huge contributor to that fact. We're expecting an announcement on what Arizona will do with the money at any time, so we need to act fast! We’re knocking on hundreds of doors and talking to people across Arizona to get Governor Ducey to act, but we need you right now. Tell Ducey not to waste any time and use the Volkswagen settlement funding for zero-emissions electric school buses!

League of Conservation Voters
54 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Mike Duggan

Stop the Detroit Trash Incinerator

My name is William Copeland. As an environmental educator in Detroit, I work everyday with students who are deeply affected by pollution and associated health problems. When I ask a class of students how many of them have had asthma, often half of the room raise their hands. When I broaden the question to see how many of the students have family members who’ve had an asthma attack or been hospitalized for asthma, almost every student puts their hand in the air. And my heart breaks. In 1986 a trash incinerator was built in the city of Detroit, and city residents have been battling for the right to clean air every since. Today, Detroit's asthma hospitalization rate is three times that of the state of Michigan, and in my city was ranked the fourth most challenging place to live in the United States for those with asthma. Help protect the air we breathe. Tell Detroit’s mayor to stop trash incineration in our city. By burning trash, the incinerator releases many chemicals that contribute to staggering rates of asthma and other respiratory ailments. These chemicals can include nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, dioxins, particulate matter, and lead. My friend and coworker, Melissa Sargent, lives not far from the incinerator. At a community hearing, she told a couple hundred neighbors, concerned citizens, and officials: "My husband and I and our five children live less than two miles from the incinerator. We smell the piled up garbage as we work in our garden, and as the children play outside and ride their bikes. We hear the jet engine-like sound at all hours of the night as we rock our baby back to sleep. But what I am most worried about is what we can’t smell or hear." Please sign our petition and join people like Melissa who are taking a stand for clean air and community health. The pollutants being released into Detroit’s air are not solely from our city, or even our county. The incinerator takes in refuse from numerous neighboring counties (even as far away as Canada!) and turns it into harmful pollution for Detroit residents to breath. These communities believe that they are throwing their trash 'away,' but really they are tossing their waste straight into the lungs of our friends and family. Tell Detroit’s mayor to stop treating Detroit like a toxic dumping ground and endangering the health of our neighbors and loved ones.

William Copeland and Our Climate Voices
13,406 supporters