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May 19, 2009
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Trenton Water Sale Reversal a Victory for Local Consumers

Press Statement: “This week, Superior Court Judge Linda Feinberg agreed to reassess an earlier decision to allow the sale of a portion of Trenton, New Jersey’s water utility to American Water. The announcement is a significant victory for activists who have been fighting the privatization of Trenton’s water works and will clear the way for a citizen vote on the issue.

May 14, 2009
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Water Infrastructure Financing Act Benefits Corporations at the Expense of Taxpayers

Press Statement: “Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved S.1005, the Water Infrastructure Financing Act. The bill contains language that would, for the first time, allow private wastewater utilities access to funding from the Clean Water State Revolving Funds (CWSRF). This proposed change to the law would essentially allow private wastewater utilities to benefit from public funding. The burden of this modification, however, would ultimately fall on consumers, because private wastewater utilities charge customers as much as 80% more than do their public counterparts. Under this bill, consumers would be left to subsidize these utilities through both taxes and higher user rates.

May 11, 2009
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Federal Dollars Prematurely Slated for Offshore Fish Farming

Press Release: Press statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter: “President Obama‚ FY 2010 budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) contains a glaring flaw that would prematurely allocate federal dollars to help fund controversial and unpopular fish farming plans that have not yet been federally authorized.”

May 7, 2009
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Food & Water Watch Lauds New York State's Rejection of Bottled Water

Press Statement: This week, New York Governor David A. Paterson signed an Executive Order to phase out the state‚ purchase and use of bottled water in State agency facilities. Food & Water Watch applauds Governor Paterson‚ actions and his demonstrated commitment to protecting the one of our most vital natural resources.

April 27, 2009
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Food & Water Watch Urges Investigation of Swine Flu and Link to Industrialized Pork Production

Press Release: Today, amid increasing international concern about the global swine flu outbreak, Food & Water Watch urged leaders of the U.S. Senate and House agriculture and health committees to investigate the serious human health problems caused by industrialized pork production.

April 24, 2009
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Kansas Governor Sebelius Vetoes Milk Labeling Bill and Protects Consumers

Press Statement: ‚Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius made a strong stand for consumers yesterday by vetoing a milk labeling bill that would have taken away consumers right to know how their milk is produced. Had the governor not vetoed the bill, dairy farmers who do not use recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) would have had trouble labeling their milk as such.”

April 23, 2009
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Water for the World Act of 2009 Well-Meaning, But Flawed

Washington, D.C.–While the efforts of Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Donald Payne (D-N.J.) set forth in the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2009 are well-intended, the legislation is deeply flawed. This act sets the goal of providing 100 million of the world‚ poorest with sustainable drinking water and sanitation by 2015. Press Statement: Inadequate drinking and waste water infrastructure is a serious problem, one that plagues millions of people in developing nations and accounts for some 2 million deaths each year. While the act attempts to mitigate these problems, if passed, it will further enable the role of private investment in public drinking and waste water infrastructure in developing nations.

April 22, 2009
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Obama Administration Rejects Bush Administration Proposal To Establish Program for Industrial Fish Farming on Energy Facilities

Washington, DC , Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy organization, applauds the Obama administration for protecting U.S. marine resources and coastal communities by rejecting a Bush administration proposal that, for the first time ever, could have set up a national system to allow industrial fish farming in federally managed ocean waters. The U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS) rule would have allowed fish farms to operate in association with energy companies facilities, like gas and oil platforms, and effectively would have been an end-run around prior Congress decisions not to pass national legislation permitting fish farms in U.S. waters.

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Maude Barlow Addresses UN General Assembly

Food & Water Watch Board Chair Maude Barlow addressed the United Nations General Assembly today to support the Bolivian call for an annual “International Mother Earth Day” celebration. Her speech was a call to action to implement the human right to water and abandon the “hard path” of large-scale technology – dams, diversion and desalination – in favor of the “soft path” of conservation, rainwater and storm water harvesting, recycling, alternative energy use, municipal infrastructure investment and local, sustainable food production.

April 17, 2009
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Public Interest Prevails as Citizens of Gilchrist County Give Blue Springs Properties, Inc. the Boot: Permit to Bottle Water From Santa Fe River Revoked

Press Statement: ‚This week, the Suwannee River Water Management (SRWMD) District‚ governing board voted unanimously to revoke Blue Springs Properties Inc.‚ permit to bottle water from the Santa Fe River in High Springs, Florida. We applaud this decision and thank the Water Management District for its commitment to protecting the area‚
delicate ecosystem.

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