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Press Releases: Pollution

Press Releases Found: 20
November 18, 2013
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Governor Breaks Promise to Environmental Community by Withdrawing Phosphorous Management Program

“Food & Water Watch was disappointed, but not surprised, to learn that Governor Martin O’Malley—a longtime friend to the big poultry companies on Maryland’s Eastern Shore—has broken his promise to the environmental community to help curb pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Last Friday, the Maryland State Department of Agriculture withdrew regulations that would have addressed the poultry industry’s 1.5 billion annual pounds of manure runoff from farms into local waterways.

“Last month, the O’Malley Administration pledged to implement the Phosphorus Management Tool (PMT), a critical chicken manure application tool that would help hold the poultry industry accountable for excess phosphorous runoff from chicken manure into the Chesapeake Bay. While the Administration promised to implement the program completely by January 2015, the decision to withdraw PMT will surely hurt any legitimate efforts to address pollution in the Bay.

September 5, 2013
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Citizens Move to Intervene in Farm Bureau Case that Seeks to Keep Polluting Factory Farm Data Secret

A coalition of consumer rights, community, and environmental organizations filed a motion today with a federal court in Minnesota seeking to intervene in a case recently filed by the American Farm Bureau Federation (FB) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The industry groups went to court in July 2013 seeking to prevent EPA from releasing data related to factory farms and their pollution to the American public under the nation’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The case is based on the industry’s far-fetched claim that factory farm business information – such as business names and addresses – is private information that should be shielded from public view, unlike in virtually all other business sectors.
“The Farm Bureau, National Pork Producers Council, and other industry lobby groups have managed for years to keep the highly polluting practices of factory farms under wraps,” stated Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. “Now, they want a federal court to promote this secrecy by ordering EPA to withhold even basic information – the identities and contact information of owners and operators of these facilities – from the hands of the American people.”

September 4, 2013

Councilmembers Koretz and Bonin Call For Fracking Moratorium in Los Angeles

Press Release: Today in City Hall, Councilmember Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin introduced a motion to place a moratorium on fracking within the City of Los Angeles and along the City’s water supply route. They were joined outside beforehand by the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch, the environmental health group Physicians for Social Responsibly-Los Angeles, Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community, and the Sierra Club to announce the motion at a press conference.

August 2, 2013
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Local and National Groups Defend Clean Water Act against Agricultural Pollution

A coalition of local and national public interest organizations yesterday filed a brief in federal court supporting the Environmental Protection Agency’s long-held authority under the Clean Water Act to regulate waste from commercial animal farms and seeking to confirm that a large West Virginia poultry operation should comply with all applicable regulations.

The Center for Food Safety, Earthjustice, Food & Water Watch, Potomac Riverkeeper, Waterkeeper Alliance, and West Virginia Rivers Coalition say neither the specific West Virginia agricultural operation in this case, nor the other tens of thousands of commercial farms like it across the country, should be exempt from regulations intended to protect waterways and public health.

July 9, 2013

Coalition of Farm, Consumer and Rural Organizations Urge Rejection of Smithfield Takeover

Press Release: A coalition of farm, rural and consumer organizations delivered a letter to the members of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States urging them to recommend that the Obama administration reject the proposed Shuanghui International Holdings, Ltd. acquisition of Smithfield Foods.

June 24, 2013

Food & Water Watch, Surfrider Foundation Team Up to Protect Shores from Plastic Pollution

That’s why Food & Water Watch and the Surfrider Foundation today launched an initiative to protect our shores and oceans from plastic pollution.

May 30, 2013

Californians Against Fracking Launch Statewide Campaign to Pressure Gov. Brown to Ban Fracking

Press Release: The protest, starting at noon at the governor’s office at 300 S. Spring Street, also launches Californians Against Fracking, a statewide coalition working to ban fracking, a dirty and inherently harmful form of oil and gas extraction that endangers California’s air, water, wildlife, climate and public health.

May 16, 2013
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Electric Utilities Top List of U.S. Toxic Water Polluters


Press Release: The Ohio Valley Electric Corporation, Ferro Corporation, American Electric Power, the U.S. Department of Defense and the Southern Company top the list of the most hazardous polluters of U.S. surface water, according to a report released today by the national consumer advocacy organization Food & Water Watch and the Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Massachusetts Amherst (PERI).

January 16, 2013

Cashing Out Our Clean Air and Water with Pollution Trading

Pollution Trading: Cashing Out Our Clean Air and Water documents government-sanctioned pollution reduction programs that provide a market place for trading credit allotments in an effort to offset harmful discharges. But these mechanisms don’t deter industrial pollution. In fact, they give companies an opportunity to pay and trade for the “right” to pollute.

July 20, 2012

Agricultural Offsets Won’t Improve California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

Media Statement: The recent news that American Carbon Registry approved a new methodology for estimating nitrous oxide (N20) emissions from fertilizer application in agriculture renews our concern that California is considering allowing agricultural offsets in its carbon cap-and-trade program. Allowing these offsets would make an already risky program even worse for the residents of California.

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