Thanks to the CCSJ advocacy team for this week’s advocacy alerts!
Soot causes respiratory ailments, heart attacks, premature deaths, and a wide range of other serious health problems. Existing safeguards against soot pollution have been shown to be inadequate for communities living in the shadow of coal-fired power plants.
President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency have the opportunity to update the protections. A proposed clean-air safeguard for soot could help millions of Americans breathe better air. In communities across the country, families deserve to know that their air is safe; that’s why a strong, scientific standard for soot pollution is so important. Stand up for life-saving soot protections, and send a message supporting strong soot safeguards now!
Center for Rural Affairs
|The Farm Bill
The Farm Bill has officially expired and therefore what happens in the next few months is critical to ensuring that we get a Farm Bill that is beneficial to rural communities. Join the Center for Rural Affairs, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, and over 50 other partnering organizations to demand that Congress passes the right Farm Bill, right now.
There is still time to add your name to this petition! Join in the ask for a bill that invests in the future of healthy farms, food & people, protects our air, soil & water, reforms farm subsidies, and invests in rural economic development.
|New USDA Poultry Rule
A proposed new USDA poultry rule plans to increase line speed in poultry plants, giving inspectors only 1/3 of a second to inspect each chicken; this would risk your food and workers’ safety. Please take a moment to help stop the USDA poultry rule by doing one or all of the following:
1. Send a short email to your U.S. Senators asking him or her to tell the USDA to stop the new poultry rule.
2. Tweet at the USDA
3. Sign the change.org petition by Phyllis McKelvey, a former poultry inspector who worked in the poultry industry for 44 years.