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pollution

169 petitions

Update posted 2 hours ago

Petition to Bonner County Commissioners, Commissioners McDonald, Connelly, Baily or Brandshaw

Citizens Against Linscott/Interstate Asphalt Plant

On January 11th, 2019 the Bonner County Commissioners voted to relocate Interstate Asphalt plant, from where it has been for the 30 years, to the Linscott Gravel pit in a rural/residential area in Sagle, Idaho--within 500 feet of peoples homes. We believe the decision was against the Bonner County Comprehensive plan because the property is considered "transitional" which is required to have "urban sewer and water" and this location does not. The community of Sagle disagrees with this decision and opposes the move on the grounds, since this has potential to jeopardize the way of life in Sagle. Planning and Zoning claims the only reason for the move is to provide safety for traffic, as well as lower costs to the consumer, but neither has (or can be) proven. In regard to safe travel, this move has the potential to negatively impact traffic in Sagle and across the long bridge. Regular customers who use Linscott gravel will continue to do so, in addition to the addition of trucks from Interstate Asphalt, which deliver asphalt all over Bonner and Boundary counties. These trucks would be leaving out of the new Sagle location and will be required to travel north, across the long bridge, which also requires pulling out on a major highway, which is almost impossible now, due to merging lanes, with no center turn lane. There has been nothing to show proof of minimizing costs to the consumer, while nearby homeowners can prove that the new asphalt plant would, without question, negatively impact the value and appreciation of homes located near the plant. In addition to financial implications for Sagle home values, Sagle residents also worry about the smell, toxins, and known carcinogens fumes which are proven to come off of asphalt. This will affect the workers of the plant itself, in addition to all of the families who own homes and property adjacent to the proposed plant. Sagle residents worry Interstate asphalt will work throughout the night throughout the summer, since this was openly admitted in the proposal, which is the exact time of year when residents open their windows to get fresh air and circulation--the exact opposite of inviting fumes into their homes. Furthermore, nightly work will also interrupt those sleeping in nearby homes, since open windows will not block the sound of safety sensors, from trucks moving in reverse. Lastly, Sagle residents worry greatly about the aquifer, since the Linscott gravel pit has been dug very deep, and sits directly above the aquifer. The plan will have oil, chemicals, along with an abundance of reclaimed asphalt, all of which could contaminate the aquifer, which would be detrimental to the Pend Oreille River, South Side Water, as well as local farms and family-owned wells, within the surrounding neighborhoods. It has been proven that price values drop an average of 27% and up to 56% when near an asphalt plant. The relocation of this proposed asphalt plant presents significantly more risks than rewards. The lives and health of hundreds of families and local wildlife depend on the clean air and water within their Sagle homestead. The proposal of the new Interstate Asphalt Plant is not in the community's best interest. If it was put to a vote, the Sagle community would unanimously oppose the asphalt plant.  We will be asking for reconsideration and will continue the battle!  

Jonna Plante
481 supporters
Update posted 23 hours ago

Petition to Blue Apron

Blue Apron’s ice packs go to landfills, tell them to make an ice pack recycling program

Those two-pound ice packs Blue Apron, HelloFresh, and countless other meal prep companies use cannot be recycled or disposed of in a responsible way. It’s unclear if there is a more ecological option to the current ice-packs. But one thing is for sure: Blue Apron is the largest meal prep company. They could lead the way for the entire meal prep industry by creating an easy ice pack return and reuse program. Tell Blue Apron to take a big leap for the environment, create an ice pack return and reuse program. For Blue Apron alone, these ice packs create an estimated 192,000 tons of waste every year. That’s the equivalent weight of 100,000 cars. All ice packs use a sodium polyacrylate powder that can absorb 300 times its weight. It’s used in diapers and for surgical sponges. It can’t be recycled, and it should not be dumped down the sink or a toilet - since it would cause serious plumbing issues. Instead these ice packs overwhelmingly end up in local landfills. Most of our waste ends up in the oceans. By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the seas if nothing is done. Blue Apron could lead the way in environmental stewardship. Tell Blue Apron to save oceans and ecosystems - make an ice pack return system. Blue Apron does offer a complicated return system for ice packs, but they do not provide any information on the number of meal prep subscribers who use their current program. Blue Apron could institute a ‘milk man’ style ice pack return system; where staff pick up used ice packs, or customers can easily ship back ice packs through included return postage. Meal prep companies are booming in popularity, over the next decade it could become a $5 billion industry. That boom would come with an increased amount of waste. Blue Apron could save thousands of tons a year in waste and create a new industry standard. Tell Blue Apron to create an ice pack return and reuse initiative that works for customers. Blue Apron was founded on the principle of improving food systems and preventing food waste. Tell Blue Apron to stand up for environmental stewardship, create an ice pack return and reuse program.

Campaigns Lab
1,136 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives

Demand the House fund National Park clean up efforts

The National Park Service has been left with a ‘skeleton’ force to keep parks open, but keeping these vast parks open with limited staff is causing severe damage to parks and public lands that will outlive the shutdown. In just a short amount of time, the shutdown has caused severe harm to America’s best idea - National Parks. During past shutdowns, National Parks would be closed for the safety of visitors and to protect these picturesque public lands from devastation. Now there’s countless news pieces about National Parks overflowing with human waste, trash, and damage to park ecosystems. Some visitors have even died at National Parks that remain open. The new House could do something about it, they have the power to allocate funds to pay for this devastation. Tell the House to provide funding that helps clean up this shutdown damage. Only the most ‘scenic’ National Parks have been kept open - like Yosemite, Great Smoky Mountains, and Joshua Tree. These parks have been left with a small ‘skeleton’ force of Park Rangers who are responsible for areas larger than some U.S. states. Their task is largely to respond to emergencies and maintain roads for open areas of these parks. After some visitors created new roads and cut down fragile Joshua Trees, Joshua Tree National Park has closed. These unique trees take up to 60-years to mature. In all these parks, local community members and businesses have tried to step in and join clean up efforts. Now the National Park service is being forced to dip into visitor entrance fees to pay for cleaning up this mess. These are funds that go towards the $11.6 billion backlog of road and trail maintenance projects in National Parks. Tell the House to make National Parks Great Again - provide funding to clean up National Parks! No one will know the full extent of ecological and infrastructure damage to America’s parks until the shutdown ends and all Park Rangers return to work. Send the message to the House - allocate funds to help the National Park Service deal with the impacts of this shutdown.

Campaigns Lab
809 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Marathon Oil

Tell Marathon to get out of U.S. car emissions policies

Car companies don’t want it. Americans don’t want it. But oil companies do. Right now, a group of American oil companies, led by Marathon, is pushing the federal government to remove car emissions standards so they can make even more money. Marathon has expanded their operations and is now the largest oil refiner in the United States. If Americans are forced to buy cars that need more gas, Marathon and others can sell more oil. Tell Marathon to back off clean air standards, car emissions policies need to get better, not disappear overnight. Oil companies shouldn’t be setting emissions policies, but for years Marathon has been working behind the scenes to gut car emissions standards. They worked in conjunction with other oil companies to launch Facebook ads under a group founded by an oil lobbyist, Energy4US. The ads directed people to submit comments to the Department of Transportation for ‘affordable energy’. But they haven’t stopped there, Marathon worked closely with well connected oil-industry groups and a network of conservative lobbyists to influence and re-write state-level car emissions standards. They’ve also joined with the Koch Brothers to push forward an eight-word long bill in the House, “to repeal the corporate average fuel economy standards.” Essentially, to remove all car emissions standards. Not only would a car emissions roll back contribute towards climate change, it would harm the health of millions of Americans. Half of all Americans breathe polluted air everyday. Passenger cars and heavy duty trucks account for roughly 50% of all emissions in the United States with current emissions policies. Air pollution increases the rates of asthma and the risks of developing cancer. In the U.S., it causes 30,000 premature deaths every year. Oil giants like Marathon have no business influencing clean air and emissions policies that impact the health and welfare of millions of Americans. Tell Marathon to back off clean air.

Campaigns Lab
486 supporters