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Press Releases: AllPress Releases Found: 978
July 14, 2014
Today, Food & Water Watch sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack containing concrete examples of meat and poultry plants not receiving food safety inspections due to severe shortages of inspection personnel across the United States.
“Late on Friday evening, while civil society organizations were preparing for a large rally opposing the Cove Point LNG export terminal, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) submitted the interim final report of ‘Best Management Practices’ that will be used in drafting regulations for fracking in Maryland. Clearly, the Departments timed this move to draw as little scrutiny as possible. This move is further proof that state agencies have already predetermined that fracking is indeed going to happen in Maryland.”
July 10, 2014
Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget a final rule that would dramatically reduce the number of trained USDA inspectors in poultry slaughter plants and replace them with company employees.
July 3, 2014
Press release: Fifty organizations sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry calling on the U.S. government to maintain respect for the government of El Salvador’s procurement of seeds for a successful food security program.
July 1, 2014
A coalition of organizations has submitted over 500,000 comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging it not to approve Dow’s registration for its new version of the pesticide 2,4-D.
June 30, 2014
Citizens for a Healthy Fort Collins, Protect Our Loveland, Frack Free Colorado, Our Longmont, Our Broomfield, Food & Water Watch and the Center for Biological Diversity have responded to recent draft of the 2014 Oil and Gas Bill which purports to harmonize local and state control over oil and gas operations on communities across Colorado.
June 25, 2014
Today, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 6, which would expedite the Department of Energy’s approval process for exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) overseas.. It will also ensure the exponential growth of fracking on American soil.
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
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 17, 2014
Today, 20 organic farm and consumer groups filed a petition with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to protect the authority and permanence of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The petitioners object to recent changes to the NOSB charter, renewed on May 8, 2014, that undermine the mandatory and continuing duties of the Board as established by Congress under the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990.