Petition Tag - environmental justice

1. Make Water Allocation Fair For All in the Bay Area

On September 30, 2010 the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) released the 2nd draft Interim Supply Allocations in which allocation of water in the Bay Area for the next 8 years is highly inequitable. In this current draft, low income and under-served communities will bear a disproportional burden because they will be allocated less water than their projected need.

In particular East Palo Alto is allocated only 58% of its projected water needs, as compared to more than 100% for other wealthier neighbourhoods. In order to meet their needs, East Palo Alto must purchase additional water from the SFPUC at a higher cost. It is time that this historic environmental injustice be reversed.

We support the 1st draft Interim Supply Allocations because it meets the environmental goals of water diversion while providing all communities with their projected needs. Specifically, the first draft allows East Palo Alto its projected need of 3.4 million gallons per day. We cannot support the 2nd draft because it will require East Palo Alto residents to pay additional fees, while simultaneously disincentivizing conservation in other communities by allocating them in excess of their projected needs. It does not acknowledge the environmental injustices that East Palo Alto has suffered and ignores East Palo Alto’s strong conservation efforts.

With one of the lowest average per capita annual incomes in the area, East Palo Alto residents should not be forced to shoulder yet another financial burden.

2. Environmental Justice for ISO NE

Gordon Van Welie
President and CEO
ISO New England, Inc.

Dear Mr. Van Welie:

We, the undersigned organizations and New Haven residents, are deeply concerned about the adverse health effects of air pollution. Recently, many of us took part in the negotiation with PSEG (as mandated by the 2008 Environmental Justice Law) to keep the three peak power units proposed for Harbor Station from adding to our pollution burden.

It has become glaringly clear that the high incidence of health problems related to unlawfully high levels of air pollution in New Haven and other EJ communities has not been brought about by the power companies alone but is rather the cumulative result of a systemic failure to protect human health in the course of producing and managing the power supply. Thus, to end this untenable situation, all participants in the system, including ISO NE, must adopt policies and procedures that will result in all areas of our region meeting EPA air quality standards.

What’s happening at Harbor Station illustrates the systemic nature of the problem. DPUC’s decision to place three peak power units next to a 450 MW plant in an urban community that is out of attainment for PM 2.5 and ozone and has the highest hospitalization rate for asthma in the state shows a staggering disregard for the public’s well being. Equally dismaying is the absence of any statutory regulation banning such a placement. When the “peakers” come on line, however, ISO NE’s management of the power supply will be critical in determining their impact on health. If, as we have been told, ISO NE does not consider local air quality when deciding which power plants to activate, we fear that at times of peak power demand (on hot, humid summer days when air quality is at its worst and on cold winter days when PM2.5 levels are unsafe for sensitive groups), ISO NE could well call upon all four units at Harbor Station to run at full capacity, thereby generating unprecedented levels of air pollution precisely when sensitive groups would be most at risk.

3. Let Greenpeace Activists Go!

Nearly 40 Greenpeace activists including Bruce Cox, Executive Director of Greenpeace have been arrested for peacefully protesting the destruction of the Alberta tar sands.

Those arrested face fines and jail time for their peaceful acts of protest. Despite their plight, these heroes maintain their position and intend fully to return to the fight once they are able. Alberta's premier has labled these people as terrorists, having decided to punish them to the full extent of the law.

Thank you for your support,

Jenny Smith,
Environmental Technician.

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4. Replant the Whitehouse Place Gardens, LA

5. Save America's Wetlands

We are concerned that:

25% of the oil and gas consumed by Americans is at risk

30% of the seafood that feeds the nation is jeopardized.

The nation’s largest port system that handles agriculture, petro-chemicals, manufactured goods and commodities is vulnerable.

We recognize the importance of Louisiana’s unique wetland’s ecosystem and its role in protecting Louisiana’s commerce and coastal population from storm damage.

Currently Louisiana has 30% of the total coastal marsh- and accounts for 90% of the coastal marsh loss- in the lower 48 states.

Louisiana’s wetlands are America’s wetland and they need your help! We are asking you to please support legislation to fund the restoration of America’s wetlands such as the Gulf Coast Protection Act, the America’s Outdoors Act introduced by Senator Mary Landrieu.

Leading scientists and engineers have designed solutions to restore America’s wetland. The money for coastal protection does not need to come from the American taxpayer.

Since 1927, the leveeing of the Mississippi River has cut off fresh water, sediments and nutrients to the 7th largest delta on Earth – a place called America’s WETLAND – causing coastal Louisiana to suffer. Every year, 24 miles of Louisiana shoreline washes away, resulting in the loss of valuable wetlands equal in size to a football field every 30 minutes.

Leading scientists and engineers have designed solutions to restore America’s wetland. The money for coastal protection does not need to come from the Amercian taxpayer."