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Maryland: Urge Maryland to Strengthen Coal Plant Discharge Standards

Please sign this petition urging the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to strengthen coal-fired power plant discharge standards. The Trump administration is trying to roll back the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards devised in 2015, but MDE can require Maryland coal-fired power plants to comply with the stronger standards, regardless of what the Trump EPA decides. Upholding strong effluent standards will help protect Maryland residents from the adverse health impacts - including brain damage and cancer - of toxic lead, mercury and arsenic discharge into Maryland waterways. Read about Chesapeake PSR's involvement in a lawsuit against the EPA on this issue.

Virginia: Support Efforts to Remove Virginia’s Anti-Competitive Solar Policies 

Please sign this petition urging the Virginia General Assembly to remove Virginia’s anti-competitive solar policies that inhibit the growth of distributed solar energy in the state. Removing Virginia’s anti-competitive solar policies would benefit the state’s economy and the health of its residents and create even more good-paying local jobs. Increasing the use of solar and other clean energy means fewer dirty energy sources, resulting in public health benefits such as fewer serious cases of asthma and other respiratory diseases, as well as lower risks of heart attacks and strokes.

Maryland: Take action to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons

Please sign this petition urging Maryland's congressional delegation to freeze spending on nuclear weapons, support the Markey-Lieu bill to reduce the threat of first strike nuclear launches and support the U.N. treaty to ban nuclear weapons. In July of 2017, 122 nations signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons development, testing and possession. Nuclear weapons present an existential threat to the world and must be eliminated. The U.S. - along with the other eight nuclear-armed states - did not participate in treaty negotiations and has plans to spend more than $1 trillion upgrading its nuclear arsenal. 



Virginia: Reject certification of Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines (closed)

Update: This petition is closed. The petition was signed by 81 Virginia health professionals and advocates. The letter urges the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to reject certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which will endanger Virginia water, air and community safety. Read more about the pipelines.

Virginia: Sign-on Letter to Support Carbon Reductions (closed)

Update: The petition is closed. It was signed by 94 Virginia health professionals and advocates. The letter urges the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to develop regulations that support deep reductions in allowable carbon emissions from power plants. We also urge DEQ ensure the regulations are "trading-ready" so that Virginia can join a multi-state carbon reduction program such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), to bring more resources to protect Virginia’s coastline, stronger energy efficiency programs, an increase in the use of clean, renewable energy, more jobs, and better health outcomes for Virginia residents.

 Support a Strong RGGI Program for Climate Action (closed)

Update: This petition is closed and the letter was delivered to Governor Larry Hogan on July 13, 2017. The letter, with 81 signatures, asks Governor Larry Hogan to support the strongest possible plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). 

On August 23, 2017, the RGGI states agreed to strengthen RGGI program, cutting emissions by almost 30 percent by 2030 from the electricity sector.

Support Offshore Wind in Maryland (closed)

Update: This petition is closed and was delivered to the Public Service Commission (PSC) with 86 signatures in April 2017. It supported two proposals for offshore wind projects in an area off the Maryland coast. 

On May 11, 2017, the PSC approved both offshore wind projects.

Our letter to support a Maryland fracking ban (closed)

Update: In early March 2017 we delivered a letter from over 220 doctors, nurses, researchers and other public health professionals who have signed on to our health professionals letter asking Maryland leaders to enact a fracking ban

On April 4, 2017, Governor Hogan signed a law banning fracking in Maryland.

Our letter to support a veto override of Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2016 (closed)

Update: On February 2, 2017, the Senate joined the House of Delegates in voting to override the Clean Energy Jobs Act. The Clean Energy Jobs Act is now law in Maryland. The act will increase Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), committing Maryland to receive 25 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020—an increase from the current goal of 20 percent by 2022.  Our letter supporting an override is here.