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Press Releases: Water

Press Releases Found: 307
August 15, 2014

Following Prolonged Water Shut-Offs, Food & Water Watch and Allies Urge Obama Administration to Declare Public Health Emergency in Detroit

Today, a coalition of over fifty social justice organizations including Food & Water Watch urged President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to declare the ongoing water crisis in Detroit a public health emergency. The groups have asked the Obama administration to make money available from the Public Health Emergency Fund to restore water service to residents affected by the shutoffs.

August 11, 2014
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New Jersey Groups Denounce Frack Waste Ban Veto

Trenton, N.J. (Aug. 8) – The Frack Waste Ban Bill (S1041) was passed by New Jersey’s legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support, then it landed on the desk of Governor Chris Christie for his approval. Unfortunately for residents of the state, our drinking water, and the environment the governor vetoed the bill.   The bill prohibits […]

July 30, 2014
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Congressional Representatives and 157,975 Concerned Americans Demand that President Obama and the Department of Health and Human Services Intervene in Detroit Water Crisis

Representatives John Conyers and Shelia Jackson Lee joined progressive leaders from Daily Kos, Democracy for America, Food & Water Watch, People’s Water Board, RH Reality Check and Working Families Organization to deliver more than 150,000 petition signatures demanding that President Barack Obama and the Department of Health and Human Services intervene in the Detroit water crisis.

June 25, 2014

Activist Groups Praise UN Response to Detroit Water Shutoffs, Urge City of Detroit to Restore Service to Affected Residents

Three United Nations experts have weighed in on the water shutoffs in Detroit, agreeing with our assessment that the situation there is an affront to human rights, and that by denying water service to thousands, Detroit is violating the human right to water for many of its residents.

June 18, 2014

Groups Pressure United Nations to Restore Water Service in Detroit

A group of concerned organizations have submitted a report to Catarina de Albuquerque, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation, urging authorities to take immediate action to restore water services and stop further cut-offs.

June 4, 2014
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Obama Administration’s Proposed Carbon Rule’s Emphasis On Natural Gas Undermines Climate Change Benefits

“Plans announced by the Obama administration this week to reduce carbon pollution ignore recent scientific studies regarding the negative effects of natural gas development on climate change and popular scientific wisdom that calls into question the benefits of switching from coal to natural gas.

Defeat of Measure O Will Undermine Monterey Peninsula’s Right to Water

Residents and businesses in the Monterey Peninsula were dealt a blow yesterday when voters rejected “Measure O,” an initiative that would have set the community on track to gain public control of its water system from California American Water. While the California branch of the nation’s largest private water corporation will call this outcome a victory, Monterey’s families and businesses are the ones who will suffer as a result of keeping the community’s water system in private hands.

May 22, 2014
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New Water Finance Bill a False Solution for Community Water Woes

Community water systems were dealt a raw deal today with the passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which among other things, establishes the misleadingly named Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA).

March 4, 2014
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Dwindling EPA Budget Reminder of Need for Dedicated Federal Funding for Community Water

Media Statement: “Community water systems were dealt a devastating blow today with the release of the President’s 2015 Fiscal Budget. For the fifth year in a row, the proposed federal budget will cut funding to the Environmental Protection Agency, and by extension, community water systems.

December 19, 2013

Organizations Denounce Nestlé’s New Human Rights Impact Assessment as a Public Relations Stunt

Nestlé’s new human rights assessment, launched at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights last week, is full of holes say labour and civil society organizations, including the Blue Planet Project, FIVAS, Food & Water Watch, and Public Services International.

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