Petition to Wisconsin Legislature
Preserve the Mining Moratorium Law!
Dear Legislators, We are deeply concerned about the proposed repeal of Wisconsin’s Mining Moratorium Law, and urge you to vote against any legislation to repeal this common sense law that helps protect Wisconsin’s water from unsafe metallic mining. Metallic mining proposals, whether for iron, base, or precious metals, are the largest, most complex, and most destructive land uses under consideration in the state. They are especially risky for downstream water quality when sulfur-bearing minerals are present in the ore deposit or waste rock. Mining proposals require careful scrutiny to avoid costly environmental damage and negative economic impacts to local communities and the state. Wisconsin’s Mining Moratorium Law takes a common-sense approach to preventing disastrous water pollution. It was passed by overwhelming bi-partisan majorities in both the Assembly and Senate and signed into law by Governor Tommy Thompson. The law requires that the industry provide examples of metallic sulfide mines that have been operated and closed without polluting the environment before a new sulfide mine can be approved. It recognizes that Wisconsin citizens should not be the guinea pigs for unproven mining technologies. There is nothing in the law to stop a company from applying for permits today unless the industry is unable or unwilling to demonstrate an example mine. In fact, a recent survey of metallic sulfide mining regulations in the Great Lakes region by the National Wildlife Federation called Wisconsin’s Mining Moratorium an exemplary law. We respectfully call upon you to preserve and protect the Mining Moratorium Law so as to guard our precious water and a clean, healthy environment for future generations.
Petition to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jo-Ellen Darcy, Colonel John W. Henderson
Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline
I’m 13 years-old and as an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, I’ve lived my whole life by the Missouri River. It runs by my home in Fort Yates North Dakota and my great grandparents original home was along the Missouri River in Cannon Ball. The river is a crucial part of our lives here on the Standing Rock Reservation. But now a private oil company wants to build a pipeline that would cross the Missouri River less than a mile away from the Standing Rock Reservation and if we don’t stop it, it will poison our river and threaten the health of my community when it leaks. My friends and I have played in the river since we were little; my great grandparents raised chickens and horses along it. When the pipeline leaks, it will wipe out plants and animals, ruin our drinking water, and poison the center of community life for the Standing Rock Sioux. In Dakota/Lakota we say “mni Wiconi.” Water is life. Native American people know that water is the first medicine not just for us, but for all human beings living on this earth. The proposed Dakota Access Pipeline would transport 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day, across four states. Oil companies keep telling us that this is perfectly safe, but we’ve learned that that’s a lie: from 2012-2013 alone, there were 300 oil pipeline breaks in the state of North Dakota. With such a high chance that this pipeline will leak, I can only guess that the oil industry keeps pushing for it because they don’t care about our health and safety. It’s like they think our lives are more expendable than others’. So we, the Standing Rock Youth, are taking a stand to be the voice for our community, for our great grandparents, and for Mother Earth. Join us, and sign to ask the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sincerely, Anna and the Standing Rock Youth Learn more about our campaign at rezpectourwater.com.
Petition to Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, regina mccarthy, United Nations Environment Program, Donald Trump
Fluoride free water supply
Fluoride compounds are purposefully added to water, a process known as fluoridation, and have been since the late 1940s. It’s puzzling since fluoride has never been proven to significantly help in protecting teeth from cavities. Now, nearly 90% of the U.S. population has supplied water through public water systems, and about 67% of those people receive fluoridated water. Fluoride is almost impossible to avoid, even if you actively try to avoid it… its prevalence is astounding. It’s unlikely restaurants are using fluoride free water. Beverage manufacturers all rely on municipal water systems to produce soda, juice, and smoothies. And, this doesn’t even include the fluoride in dental products. When you add all these sources up, it’s easy to see the average person is under heavy attack. Fluoride Exposure Can Have Serious Health Consequences.Many people have been wrongly convinced that fluoride is necessary for dental health. In actuality, fluoride is extremely toxic and fluoride ingestion is one of the most common reasons for calls to Poison Control. The health consequences from fluoride exposure, water or otherwise, can be horrendous… Fluoride is a neurotoxin that could cause damage equivalent to that from a traumatic brain injury; children living in highly fluoridated areas have up to five times greater chance of developing a low IQ compared to those who do not.Fluoride calcifies the pineal gland.Fluoride can affect thyroid and it’s ability to absorb iodine.Fluoride consumption can cause skeletal fluorosis, a condition resulting in weak bones.Research has shown that fluoride exposure can cause early puberty in girls.Higher levels of fluoride correspond to lower fertility rates in both men and women.Areas with high fluoride levels in the water tend to have a higher rate of chronic kidney disease.Research suggests fluoride causes cardiovascular inflammation and atherosclerosis.The Fluoride Action Network reports that, as of May 2013, 43 studies have examined the effect of fluoride on human intelligence.Fluoride may play a role in ADHD and other mental issues, according to research from the Harvard School of Public Health. This petition exists in hope that we can achieve a truly natural and poison free water supply. Water is one of the necessities of life itself and deserves to be enjoyed without the addition of unnatural chemicals and toxic waste. Change starts somewhere, as a matter of fact, it starts with you. Be the change, and we can change the world together, for a better future.
Petition to CalPERS and CalSTRS, Jerry Brown
Tell the world’s 6th largest economy to divest from animal agriculture
Imagine if California, the world’s 6th biggest economy divested from a leading cause of climate change. It would be an unprecedented step in fighting one of the biggest threats to our way of life, and could start a movement of other states to do the same. Bold and urgent actions are required to combat the effects of looming catastrophic climate change, and to preserve a healthy and sustainable global environment. Industrial scale meat, dairy, eggs, and seafood production by companies such as Tyson Foods, ConAgra, and Smithfield Foods have devastating impacts on our air, water, land, natural resources, health, oceans, and climate. The greenhouse gas effects of animal agriculture, especially from methane and nitrous oxide, are greater than the entire transportation sector. In addition, under-regulated factory farms are rife with inhumane treatment of farm animals, hazards to community health, and poor working conditions. Thus, as detailed in the 2016 FAIRR Report, factory farming is a bad investment on environmental, moral and, ultimately, fiscal grounds. CalPERS and CalSTRS are the largest public retirement systems in California. Through their investments they have the power to discourage corporate bad behavior. We urge CalPERS and CalSTRS to do the socially and fiscally responsible "right thing" by divesting from all companies within their portfolios that are engaged in these activities. Read the complete letter to CalPERS and CalSTRS on occlimateaction.org.
Petition to Mayor Rawlings and The Dallas City Council, The Dallas City Council
Stop Water Fluoridation in Dallas, Texas
The fluoridation program has massively failed to achieve one of its key objectives, i.e., to lower dental decay rates while limiting the occurrence of dental fluorosis. According to the latest national survey by the Centers for Disease Control, 41% of American adolescents now have some form of fluorosis (a discoloring of tooth enamel caused by too much fluoride)— an increase of over 400% from the rates found 60 years ago. In the 1940s and 1950s Doctors prescribed Fluoride as a thyroid suppressant. Hypothyroidism now is at near epidemic levels in America. Fluoride – is an enzyme poison which accumulates in the body. Since the body can only eliminate 50% of its total fluoride intake, this build-up can cause harm to the thyroid by blocking the use of iodine. Dogs have been found to suffer a high incidence of hypothyroidism also. The relationship between fluoride contamination and thyroid disease in dogs deserves further attention, particularly since it was fluoride’s production of goiter in dogs that first prompted the idea that fluoride could be an anti-thyroid agent. (Maumene 1854). Here is a link to an article about why these two doctors changed their minds about flouoride http://www.sonomacountygazette.com/cms/pages/sonoma-county-news-article-3141.html. Dallas Raw Water has .5ppm fluoride. Dallas does NOT need to spend $1,000,000.00 yearly to increase fluoride levels. The Dallas City Council voted to Fluoridate the Dallas raw water in 1965, when the medical profession believed fluoride needed to be ingested to prevent tooth decay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 1999, 2001) has now acknowledged that the mechanism of fluoride’s benefits are mainly topical, not systemic. There is no need whatsoever, therefore, to swallow fluoride to protect teeth. Since the purported benefit of fluoride is topical, and the risks are systemic, it makes more sense to deliver the fluoride directly to the tooth in the form of toothpaste. Since swallowing fluoride is unnecessary, and potentially dangerous, there is no justification for forcing people to ingest fluoride through their water supply. Hong Kong's fluorosis rates went went from 1% in the 60's to 59% in 1980's so they lowered their recommended level of Fluoride to .5ppm for their 7 million people. “Water fluoridation goes against leading principles of pharmacotherapy.” .According to Dr. Arvid Carlsson, the 2000 Nobel Laureate in Medicine and Physiology and one of the scientists who helped keep fluoridation out of Sweden. Health Minister German and her director general, Arnon Afek, MD, MHA, a pathologist, suggested that in modern times, patient, parental, and in-school education is a better way to improve oral health than water fluoridation. Fluoridation was completely banned in Israel August 26, 2014. Minorities are not being warned about their vulnerabilities to fluoride. The CDC is not warning black and Mexican-American children that they have higher rates of dental fluorosis than Caucasian children. This extra vulnerability may extend to other toxic effects of fluoride. The chemicals used to fluoridate the Dallas water are not pharmaceutical grade. Instead, Hydro Fluorosilicic Acid is added to raise the Fluoride level, this comes from the wet scrubbing systems of the phosphate fertilizer industry. This is classified as a hazardous wastes and is contaminated with various impurities. Fluoridation is unethical. Informed consent is standard practice for all medication, and one of the key reasons why most of Western Europe has ruled against fluoridation. Once fluoride is put in the water it is impossible to control the dose each individual receives because people drink different amounts of water. Being able to control the dose a patient receives is critical. Some people (e.g., manual laborers, athletes, diabetics, and people with kidney disease) drink substantially more water than others. No one can deny that high natural levels of fluoride damage health. Millions of people in India and China have had their health compromised by fluoride. The real question is whether there is an adequate margin of safety between the doses shown to cause harm in published studies and the total dose people receive consuming uncontrolled amounts of fluoridated water and non-water sources of fluoride. This margin of safety has to take into account the wide range of individual sensitivity expected in a large population (a safety factor of 10 is usually applied to the lowest level causing harm). Another safety factor is also needed to take into account the wide range of doses to which people are exposed. There is clearly no margin of safety for dental fluorosis (CDC, 2010) and based on the following studies nowhere near an adequate margin of safety for lowered IQ. While fluoridation may not be the greatest environmental health threat, it is one of the easiest to end. It is as easy as turning off a spigot in the public water works. But to turn off that spigot takes political will and to get that we need you to help persuade nine to vote to Stop Fluoridation. Please sign this petition and send an email even if you are not in Dallas. http://www.ci.dallas.tx.us/forms/mcc/MCC_Mail_Form.htm The Precautionary Rule simply states; when in doubt , leave it out!
Petition to Hallsdale Powell Utility District
Hallsdale Powell Utility District: Reduce the rates of this water district
The rates of Hallsdale Powell Water District are too high and should be reduced. There are approximately 29,000 customers of this utility district and we need at least 3,000 signatures of the person billed by the utility to get a rate review. If you are the person named on the bill please sign this petition so we can show just how fed up we are with outrageous prices.
Petition to College of Charleston
Ban the sale of plastic water bottles on the CofC Campus!
Since the College of Charleston's Quality Enhancement Plan is Sustainability Literacy - with a focus this year on water quality and quantity, we challenge the College of Charleston to ban the sale of single-use plastic water bottles on campus. This initiative addresses the triple bottom line efforts of the College of Charleston as follows.... Environmental: Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year. Bottles that aren't recycled end up in landfills, where they never truly degrade, and in oceans where they break down and can be ingested by birds and other marine life. In addition, nearly all water bottles are made from PET a plastic produced from crude oil. The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable estimates that one 500-milliliter (16.9 oz) plastic bottle of water has a total carbon footprint equal to 82.8 grams of carbon dioxide. To add insult to injury, it requires 3 times the amount of water to produce a plastic bottle than it does to fill it. Economic: An analysis conducted by Consumer Reports found that bottled water use for one year could cost $346, but the same amount of tap water would only be 48 cents. If you bought that amount of bottled water for 10 years, the cost would be over $3,400. This is more than the cost of a semester spent living in Buist, College Lodge, Craig, McConnell, or Berry Residence Hall. Social: Water is a basic human right and the college should not be supporting the privatization of this natural resource. In many areas of the world, the drinking water is unsafe, making sources like bottled water a necessity; however, in the US, this is simply not the case.
Petition to City of Sonoma City Council
Public Petition and Demand for Action by the Sonoma City Council to Fix Illegal Activities
Public Petition and Demand for Action by the Sonoma City Council to Correct Illegal Activities by the City of SonomaThe City of Sonoma has imposed tiered conservation water rates at least since the Water Rate Study of 2014; these rates violate state law.Accordingly, the City of Sonoma has collected revenues from ratepayers exceeding reasonable and fair costs, proscribed by amendments to California’s State Constitution. To date, it appears approximately $6 million has been improperly transferred out of the city’s water fund and used for other government activities without lawful voter approval.The most recent audited financial statement issued by the City of Sonoma covers through June 30, 2015; meanwhile, the City continues to make financial decisions, sign contracts, allocate non-budgeted spending, and conduct labor negotiations, all without sufficient financial information. Moreover, the City of Sonoma appears to be violating covenants of its debt and bondholder agreements.Thus in order to correct financial and legal improprieties, we the Citizens of the City of Sonoma demand the City Council take thefollowing actions within 30 days of receipt of this petition and proceed without delay to end any malfeasance and financial mismanagement of taxpayer money: 1. Place a public hearing on the City Council agenda and direct staff to prepare and deliver a comprehensive report of any and allfinancial improprieties, errors, omissions, misappropriations, or mismanagement found to date since 2009 and to restore public trust openly review any previous decisions made on this matter in order to remedy any actual or potential Brown Act violations. 2. Provide resources and direction to staff to quickly and diligently complete a Water Rate and Cost Allocation Study that is legallysupportable and equitable to all rate-payers, provides the administrative record that justifies rate-payers charges, protects the City from future legal challenges, restores public trust and relieves water users from unlawful rates. 3. Terminate the contract with the City of Sonoma&#39;s current CPA firm for failing to properly alert the public or regulators and advise Council on these matters, thereby costing ratepayers millions of dollars; then issue a Request for Proposal for a new CPA firm with both experience and resources necessary to properly audit and advise the City of Sonoma of its required legal financial obligations. 4. Terminate the contract with the current City Attorney for failing to properly alert the public or regulators or advise Council on thesematters, and issue a Request for Proposal for a replacement City Attorney with the necessary qualifications to properly represent theCity of Sonoma in all legal matters. 5. Restate previous years’ financial statements in accordance with GASB provisions (Government Accounting Standards Board) toproperly account for the restricted Water Fund cash flows and transfers, reclassifying them as appropriate as loans from the Water Fund to the General Fund to relieve any actual or potential legal jeopardy for staff or City Council, and to restore the reputation of the City of Sonoma and its citizens. 6. Return all money improperly transferred since the passage of Prop. 218 and Prop. 26 respectively, to the Water Fund, first assuring the soundness and safety of water delivery infrastructure funding and then returning any remaining money to ratepayers. 7. Pass a Council Resolution that at minimum states: To provide transparency, encourage public trust and avert mismanagement ormalfeasance, the City Manager shall each calendar month provide City Council and the public a Treasurer’s Report on the previousmonth, to be placed on the City Council meeting agenda after Public Comments at the second Council Meeting of the followingcalendar month or the immediate next meeting. At a minimum, these reports should contain the following: Monthly and Year-to-Date Budget and Actual Revenues and comparative expense report in accordance with GASB for each major department and in summary for the City; detail of all non-payroll disbursements; Bank Reconciliation Report tied to the bank statement; Balance Sheet; Summary Project Progress financial data compared to budget. A written affirmation signed by the City Manager that the reports have been reviewed by the City Manager for completeness and in compliance with the budget as approved by City Council shall be provided. Finally, the City Manager and Staff should be prepared to answer questions from the public and Council on the items therein.