Author Archives: Nathaniel

Call on the EPA to ban toxic “forever chemicals”

Toxic chemicals off tap
From PennEnvironment: text of a petition against ongoing use of PFAS chemicals, which are now appearing in drinking water. Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-04) has been a leader in securing the US House’s passage of the PFAS Action Act, which it is now up to the US Senate to pass for the public protection.

Dear EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler,

I urge you to halt further use of toxic PFAS chemicals unless and until any specific one is proven safe.

Across the country, the widespread use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) has resulted in the contamination of drinking water. These PFAS chemicals are toxic to our health. A growing body of research has linked several types of PFAS to cancer, higher cholesterol levels, suppressed immune systems, low fertility, and even developmental issues in children and infants.

Please do all you can to protect drinking water from toxic chemicals.

Sign this petition at PennEnvironment

EQAT Action at PECO December 11, 2019

from West Chester Green Team

Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) protested simultaneously at three PECO locations in Chester County: Phoenixville, Coatesville and Warminster early on Wednesday December 11. Protesters’ demands were simple “PECO, get a plan to combat climate change.”

About a hundred people divided over the three locations delivered the message by songs, banners, signs, and speeches.

PECO has been seriously lacking in its response to climate change by not purchasing nearly enough of its electricity from renewable sources like solar and wind. PECO is not thinking long term and climate change is already causing deadly droughts, floods, and other extreme weather. If we do not take immediate action, the results could be catastrophic.

At the same time, income inequality is reaching historic heights. Working class communities and communities of color are facing staggering levels of unemployment as businesses and the wealthy profit. We believe that there are better ways of doing business that reduce climate change and produce good jobs.

PECO must become part of the solution by increasing the purchases of locally produced sustainable energy.

We demand that PECO derive 20% of the total energy production from sustainable sources produced locally while prioritizing community-owned solar power, ownership by low-income communities in PECO’s service area, and installation by local workers paid livable wages, especially from high unemployment areas in its service area.

So far the response of PECO has been words but no action and we demand immediate action to get to the 20% sustainable power by 2025. Europe just signed their Green New Deal so it’s not like the rest of the world is not moving forward. It’s companies like PECO that need to get with the times and if it takes more protests, then we will up our protests to a level that PECO can not turn away from.

Since 2015 our campaign has grown with actions like the PECO Runaround where 100 runners, walkers, and wheelers circled company headquarters at the “PECO Runaround” (because PECO is giving Philadelphia the runaround on solar). The event raised $10,000 to Power Local Green Jobs.

We will not sit still until PECO comes up with a plan and executes that plan with tangible results.

— Jakob

See also Donna Rovins, “Group continues to push PECO on solar power, green jobs,” Daily Local News, 12/15/19

Help Us Stop the PennEast Pipeline for Good!

from Karen Feridun, Dec 2, 2019:

Five years ago, I started an email account on behalf of the communities coming together to fight the newly-proposed PennEast Pipeline and used the account to create a petition to express our opposition. What has happened since then has been truly remarkable. Huge numbers of concerned residents have organized, commented on the FERC docket (in record numbers), passed municipal resolutions, rallied, marched, attended hearings, written letters, and more and thanks to their efforts, the pipeline still isn’t built.

It’s also been five years since the Delaware River Basin Commission announced it would conduct its own review separate from the FERC review, something it’s able to do as a federal-level commission (the President is one of the five Commissioners). If FERC says yes, but DRBC says no, the pipeline doesn’t get built.

There is no shortage of expert testimony indicating a wide range of profoundly negative impacts the pipeline would create. And now that we’re staring climate change in the face, it’s more important than ever to stop building more shale gas infrastructure.

Five years after starting that first PennEast petition, I’ve started another to support the groups’ current campaign to tell the DRBC it’s time to reject the PennEast Pipeline and close the file. Please add your name!