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September 12, 2013
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New Maryland Coalition Urges Governor O’Malley to Cease the Drafting of Fracking Regulations

Press Release: State and national groups concerned by Governor O’Malley’s imminent plans to begin drafting fracking regulations launched the Marylanders Against Fracking coalition today to call on the governor to cease any further work to allow fracking in the state.

September 11, 2013
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Flawed Fracking Bill Passes California Assembly

Members of Californians Against Fracking respond as SB 4 heads to Senate for Concurrence Sacramento, Calif.— Senate Bill 4, which undermines existing environmental law and leaves Californians unprotected from fracking and other dangerous and extreme fossil fuel extraction techniques, passed the California Assembly today and will likely head to Governor Brown’s desk after a concurrent […]

September 9, 2013
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Groups Call on Senator Pavley to Withdraw Flawed Fracking Bill

Press Release: Following Friday’s adoption of anti-environmental amendments to Senate Bill 4, the only remaining bill in the California legislature addressing hydraulic fracturing (fracking), major environmental, consumer and progressive groups including Sierra Club, Food & Water Watch, Civic Action, CREDO, Friends of the Earth, and the Center for Biological Diversity are calling on Senator Pavley to withdraw the bill.

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
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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.

Justification for Privatized Poultry Inspection Flawed, GAO Study Reveals

Press Release: The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a scathing analysis of the HACCP-based Inspection Models Project (HIMP) [LINK] in poultry slaughter, the pilot project that USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is using to justify its proposal to privatize poultry inspection in some 200 poultry plants across the country.

August 30, 2013

Next Labor Day, You Could be Serving Chicken from China at Your Holiday Picnic

Statement from Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter Washington, D.C.—“It’s common practice for government agencies to release information they hope to sneak past consumers on Friday afternoons before a holiday weekend. So it’s not surprising that this afternoon the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) gave the green light to certain chicken […]

August 28, 2013
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Ojai takes Major Step Towards Reclaiming Public Control of Water System

Statement: Food & Water Watch congratulates Ojai Friends of Locally Owned Water (FLOW) and all the ratepayers of Ojai for their remarkable victory yesterday towards bringing their water system under local public control

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Coalition Sues Environmental Protection Agency for Abandoning Critical Factory Farm Rule

A coalition of community, animal welfare and environmental organizations is filing a lawsuit against the United States Environmental Protection Agency challenging the Agency’s withdrawal of a proposed rule that would have allowed EPA to collect basic information, like locations and animal population sizes, from factory farms.

The Center for Food Safety, Environmental Integrity Project, Food & Water Watch, The Humane Society of the United States, and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement filed the suit in the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia, arguing that the Agency’s withdrawal of the proposed rule lacks the rational basis required by law. The information at issue is critical to the EPA’s ability to protect waterways from pollutants produced by factory farms, one of the country’s largest sources of water pollution.

August 27, 2013
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Why is Obama Administration Appointing Another Big Oil and Gas Executive to DOE?

Media Statement: “Paula Gant’s appointment to Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for Oil and Natural Gas, Office of Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy further highlights that the Obama Administration values the interests of the oil and gas industry over those of U.S. communities.

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