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May 17, 2010
Press Release: National consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch filed suit today in a Houston federal court seeking a temporary injunction to halt operations of BP’s massive Atlantis oil drilling platform until critical safety documents are produced.
May 11, 2010
Media Statement: “President Obama’s proposed split of the United States Mineral Management Service (MMS) into two parts—one responsible for enforcing the safety of oil rigs, and another to oversee drilling leases—is insufficient to address the long-standing lack of regulatory oversight by the agency of the oil industry.
May 5, 2010
While the debate on rBGH in the U.S. remains mired in whether milk produced with the hormone should be labeled or not, Kenyan groups have effectively lobbied the government to ban the potentially harmful substance, announced national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch.
April 26, 2010
Washington, DC–On April 22, the House Committee on Natural Resources heard from fishermen from across the U.S. that catch shares – which can limit access to fish to only a handful of chosen individuals and companies – have had a devastating impact on their communities and livelihood. This was the second federal hearing this year to discuss the controversial fisheries management program.
April 22, 2010
Press Release: Following Tuesday’s explosion on the Deepwater Horizon Platform, leased and operated by British Petroleum (BP) in the Gulf of Mexico, the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch is warning of the possibility of a similarly tragic disaster involving the company’s Atlantis Project— one of the world’s deepest semi-submersible oil and natural gas platforms, located 150 miles south of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico.
April 20, 2010
Press Release: New analysis by the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch finds that leasing Chicago’s water utility to a private company could cost Chicagoans two to three dollars for every dollar the city receives as upfront payment for the system. Entitled Water Privatization Costly for Chicago, the briefing paper also finds that Chicago could save 20 to 50 percent on a 20-year loan by using municipal bond financing.
April 19, 2010
Media Statement: “On April 15, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Representatives Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) proposed revising the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA. This reform is long overdue.
April 16, 2010
NOAA To Spend $6 million in Taxpayer Dollars to Encourage Growth of Environmentally and Economically Damaging Open Water Aquaculture Industry
Statement: “On April 14, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced $6 million in grants to develop aquaculture research projects. Unfortunately, the federal agency, which has been touting the “environmentally and economically sustainable” nature of aquaculture, specifically stated it would be distributing the grants only to open water projects.”
April 12, 2010
Statement: “In July 2009, Food & Water Watch, Beyond Pesticides, and 35 other health, labor and environmental groups submitted an amended petition to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requiring that the agency ban the use of the controversial pesticide triclosan for non-medical applications on the basis that those uses violate the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act. Additionally, 80 organizations supported a similar petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted in January 2010. A hazardous antibacterial agent, triclosan is found in many household and personal care products such as soaps, cleaners, cosmetics, clothing, and children’s toys. Strong scientific evidence suggests that persistent use of triclosan poses imminent threats to human health and the environment. To date, we have yet to receive a formal response from either FDA or EPA on this matter.
April 8, 2010
Press Release: Open ocean aquaculture (OOA) operations, also known as factory fish farms, are damaging Hawaii’s ocean ecosystems, impeding Native Hawaiian cultural practice, and sapping the local economy, according to a new coalition launched today at the State Capitol. The Pono Aquaculture Alliance (PAA) met with lawmakers today to discuss viable local alternatives to factory fish farms, including methods such as land-based recirculating aquaculture systems and traditional coastal fish ponds.