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March 29, 2010
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Local Opposition to Proposed Bottled Water Facility Gains Momentum

Press Release: Keep Nestle Out of the Gorge, a coalition of 15 environmental and social justice organizations led by the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch, today launched a coordinated campaign to prevent Nestle Waters North America from opening a water bottling facility in Cascade Locks. The groups delivered some 4,000 petition signatures against the facility to Roy Elicker, Director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), whose department will play a crucial role in determining whether the deal can move forward.

March 23, 2010
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GAO Report Critical of FDA Food Irradiation Policies; Calls for Increased Transparency on Controversial Technology

Statement: A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA’s) oversight of food irradiation highlights the agency’s lackluster performance. The report details poor communication by the FDA about decisions and policy on this controversial technology. Since the GAO has historically been an advocate for irradiation, it is telling that the report does not encourage the FDA to expand the use of this technology; but rather urges the agency to better communicate the status of pending petitions for further use of food irradiation.

March 22, 2010
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Spinning the Bottle

Press Release: As bottled water sales declined for the first time in twenty years, the bottled water industry accelerated its marketing efforts to “bluewash” bottled water, reveals a new report released today by the consumer advocacy organization Food & Water Watch. Bluewashing: Why the Bottled Water Industry’s EcoFriendly Claims Don’t Hold Water highlights the ways in which bottled water companies try to market their products as environmentally responsible, while they actually damage the environment.

March 18, 2010
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Congressional Catch Share Hearing a Step Forward in Agency Accountability; Further Action is Needed to Protect Marine Resources, Fishermen and Consumers

Press Release: Tuesday’s Congressional oversight hearing on catch share programs, which are a market-based approach to share access to the public’s valuable fish resources, represented an important step forward in reviewing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s hurried application of this controversial management tool for U.S. fisheries. The beleaguered agency has been responsible for creating serious breaches of the public’s trust on issues related to its enforcement of federal fisheries laws (as revealed in a House oversight committee hearing earlier this month). It must similarly be held accountable for its ‘cart before the horse’ approach to catch shares. While the oversight hearings were a great first step towards addressing the highly contested issue of catch shares, we call on Congress to continue to turn up the heat on NOAA and its approach to managing U.S. fisheries.

March 16, 2010
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Statewide Coalition Speaks Out Against Aqua Utility Florida’s Poor Water Quality and Service

Press Release: Kicking off a coordinated effort to improve water service for millions of Floridians, FLOW Florida, a coalition of community groups from 19 counties around the state, and the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch, today spoke out against the private water provider Aqua Utilities Florida (Aqua). Standing before the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), residents representing Aqua customers in Pasco, Polk, Seminole, Volusia and the other 15 counties where Aqua operates, spoke of the smelly, often undrinkable water, exorbitant rates, and unresolved customer issues suffered under the company’s service. FLOW Florida convened in Tallahassee to demand that PSC officials continue monitoring Aqua’s inadequate customer service, and to convene town hall meetings around the state to hear customer complaints about Aqua.

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Oversight Hearing on "Catch Shares as a Management Option: Criteria for Ensuring Success"

Media Alert: Come to the first congressional meeting to address the practice of catch shares – programs that create markets on fishery access.

March 10, 2010
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Unleash Food Democracy: Taking on Corporate Power in our Food Supply

Media Alert: The USDA and DOJ will be holding the first ever anti-trust hearing on corporate concentration and lack of competition in agriculture. Unfortunately, their panels will be hearing from too many corporate special interests. Join Food & Water Watch the day before for the people’s anti-trust hearing, “Unleash Food Democracy: Taking on Corporate Power in our Food Supply.”

March 3, 2010
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Twenty Local Businesses and Organizations Wash Their Hands of an Endocrine-Disrupting Pesticide

Press Release: Today, the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch convened twenty local businesses and organizations as they announced their commitment to not purchase, use or sell products that contain triclosan, a pesticide shown to pose risks to both human health and the environment. The event, an initiative of Food and Water Watch’s “Wash Your Hands of Triclosan” campaign, is a strong indication of an increasing public backlash against triclosan. Speakers additionally expressed support for a proposed Highland Park ordinance to ban the municipal purchase of products containing triclosan, which will be discussed at the Highland Park Board of Health’s meeting on March 11.

March 2, 2010
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Momentum to Investigate BP's Atlantis Builds

Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter: “Today, 19 members of Congress publicly called on the U.S. Mineral Management Service (MMS) to conduct an investigation into the allegations of a former BP employee that the company’s Atlantis oil and gas platform lacks the engineered-certified documents needed for it to operate safely.”

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Congress Must Act Now to Protect America’s Water

While nearly invisible under our homes and streets, America’s water pipes and treatment plants keep our communities livable, our lifestyles possible, and our industries viable. The recent tragedy in Minnesota and pipe explosion in New York has drawn attention to the dangers of neglecting our basic infrastructure. Today, we congratulate Congressman Oberstar and Senators Lautenburg and Boxer for their leadership and call on the Senate to ensure clean, affordable drinking water and safe, swimmable waterways by providing critical funding for water across the United States.

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