Environmental Health & Regulation

CA State Water Board Website for Dutra Docs

The California State Water Resources Control Board has created a webpage dedicated to the Dutra Asphalt Plant project, where all documents related to the project received by the Board will be posted. Dutra currently has an application before the Board for a water quality certification for the project. Reads the page introduction, “This page pertains…

Dutra Told to Justify Need for Asphalt Plant, Alt Site Analysis Declared Invalid

Big news about the Dutra asphalt plant this week, as a state agency declared the company must show there is an unmet need for asphalt in the region, which Joan Cooper of Friends of Shollenberger Park and David Keller of the Petaluma River Council argue below is “a steep climb.” The folks with Save Shollenberger…

Democratic Party Platform Calls for End to Mountaintop Removal Mining

h/t to Ken Ward Jr. of Coal Tattoo (and a reporter for the WV Gazette) for the heads-up, pointing us to an encouraging Democratic Party platform plank we’d not yet heard about – the end of mountaintop mining removal.

Read the Alliance for Appalachia’s press release on the subject below or download here: DNC Platform Calls for Just Transition and End

DNC Platform Calls for Just Transition and End

Don’t Drink the Water by Jay McGee of Flint, Michigan

I remember being shocked and appalled at our government’s racist and wholly inadequate response to Hurricane Katrina. It truly shook me to think that we would allow so many of our people to be ignored, mistreated and deprived of their fundamental human rights.

The Flint, Michigan story is no less shocking. Access to clean water is a universal human right, and in California it’s also required by law. Not in Michigan though.

Here’s a new tune from Jay McGee of Flint, who’s hoping to prevent the issue from being relegated to the backburner of our news cycle this election year.

Petaluma Grange to Propose One-Year Moratorium on Pesticide Use in Petaluma Parks Tonight

A message from Petaluma Grange President Tiffany Renée: We invite the public to attend in support of our public comment at the Petaluma City Council Meeting at 7pm on March 21, and stand up in favor of the Petaluma Grange’s proposed one-year moratorium on pesticide use in Petaluma’s parks, public spaces, and rights of way.…

USDA & EPA Have Much More to Do to Protect Bee Populations – GAO Report

According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have yet to adequately address threats to bee populations in the U.S., as directed by the 2015 White House Pollinator Health Task Force.

The USDA has not yet developed a plan for the monitoring of wild, native bee populations, and the EPA has not yet collected data on commonly used pesticide mixtures in order to assess their risks, according to the report. Read the full report here. Highlights document below.

GAO Bee Report