News Release | Environment America

Statement: Senators push agencies to act on toxic chemicals known as PFAS

Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a source of widespread drinking water contamination. While our federal agencies are standing by, Congress is taking a real bipartisan interest in tackling PFAS contamination in our drinking water. In states as far-flung as Colorado, Michigan, and North Carolina, this urgent public health problem calls for urgent action.

News Release | Environment Washington

‘Get the Lead Out’ of School Drinking Water Proviso Included in House Budget Misses the Mark on Solving Problem, Remediation

The Washington House Democrats included a ‘Get the Lead Out’ proviso in the budget they released on March 25. The proviso would provide funding for lead testing at schools, require that schools communicate results to parents, educators and school staff, as well as a communication that no level of lead is safe in drinking water, but the proviso included no funding for lead remediation and actions that will actually protect our kids from lead.

News Release | Environment Washington

Washington State gets an ‘F’ for efforts to address lead in school drinking water

Reacting to pervasive lead contamination in schools’ drinking water, Environment Washington Research and Policy Center (RPC) and WashPIRG Foundation gave Washington State an “F” grade for addressing the problem, according to a new national report. In the second edition of our Get The Lead Out study, the state showed poor progress as Washington State received an “F” grade in 2017. Representative Pollet and Steve Gilbert, a toxicologist, joined Environment Washington RPC and WashPIRG Foundation in calling for swift action to ensure lead-free water in Washington’s schools and daycares.

News Release | Environment Washington

WA House Environment Committee Improves and Passes 100% Clean Electricity Bill

The House Energy and Environment Committee yesterday passed E2SSB 5116, Washington’s 100% Clean Electricity Bill, which is legislation that requires utilities to obtain 100 percent of their electricity from carbon-free energy sources. The bill features key near-term targets to eliminate coal from the grid by 2025 and requires utilities to be 80 percent carbon-free by 2030.

News Release | Environment America

Land & Water Conservation Fund Renewal Signed into Law

The Land & Water Conservation Fund has supported everything from the expansion and maintenance of local parks and recreation centers to national forests, national parks and historical sites.

“This victory is a testament to the perseverance of many in Congress who wouldn’t let America’s most successful conservation and recreation program die,” said Ed Johnson, president of Environment America. “You don’t see votes like 92-8 in the Senate and 363-62 in the House without members putting their shoulder to the wheel.”

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