With support from members like you, we’ve made some amazing progress in 2013 and 2014 in protecting our water and our health from pollution. And with your continued support and involvement, even more is yet to come. Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund helped lead the fight to stop toxic dumping by power plants into our rivers and streams in 2013. Before we launched that campaign, most people didn’t realize that power plants are the #1 source of toxic water pollution, often discharging unlimited amounts mercury, arsenic, lead and other chemicals into our water. By the end of the year, hundreds of thousands of people had demanded action, encouraging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to adopt a strong rule to stop toxic pollution from power plants.
Clean Water Action’s analysis of supporting documents for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Proposed Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Steam Electric Power Generating Point Source Category confirms that power plant discharges to surface water often include contaminants that experts consider to be “contaminants of concern” when found in drinking water.
The Clean Water Act turned 40 on October 18, 2012. What a remarkable record of accomplishment, both for this law and for our organization!
I remember back in the 1960s when Lake Erie was declared dead, the Cuyahoga River caught on fire, and many of our rivers were so full of toxic chemicals that they’d eat the paint right off boats. I remember being told not to eat the fish from Lake Ontario or to swim at the beach near my neighborhood. Today, the Clean Water Act and the work of Clean Water Fund have fixed many of those problems.
Toxic flame retardant chemicals are no longer needed in home products made with polyurethane foam—but a new report shows that while many companies are making sure their products are free of toxic flame retardants, others are lagging behind.
In October 2015, the city of Flint reconnected with Detroit Water. In light of relevations of high lead levels and other operational and contamination issues, this is the best option for Flint at this time. As this process moves forward, the City of Flint, Genessee County, State agencies and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have critical roles to play in protecting public health and restoring confidence in tap water.
Immediate Action to Protect Public Health
Recycling is now mandatory at all Newport licensed special events. From Neighborhood parties to huge festivals, we've got you covered.
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As an event manager you are in a unique position to control the sustainability of your event. By keeping sustainability at the forefront and working directly with your event vendors you can ensure that your event is a Green Scene.
Learn more in our guide - Working with Vendors.
A lot of waste is produced during any event. Properly managing that waste is a vital part of your event planning. You may have a lot of questions.
What is garbage?
What can be recycled?
How do you dispose of the waste?
For answers to those and other questions, download our handy guide to Managing Your Waste.