Toxics & Public Health

Ashley Miller | 07.23.12 2:47 pm

There is a very heated debate over coal trains in the Northwest.  Currently, there are plans to have several new coal export facilities built in the Northwest.  In Washington, potential sites include Cherry Point, Longview, and Grays Harbor.  In Oregon they are proposing coal exports at Port Westward, Port of Morrow, and Coos Bay.   Coal is a very dirty source of power, and these new sites would increase the amount of coal being shipped out to Asian countries for them to burn for their ever growing energy needs.  And in order for the coal to make it to the shipping facilities, it has to be moved across several states via train.

Ashley Miller | 06.26.12 3:38 pm

Have you heard the good news? The city of Corvallis has just joined Portland in banning single-use plastic bags at the checkout stand! As you may recall, OLCV, as well as Oregon Conservation Network (OCN) partner organizations like the Surfrider Foundation, Environment Oregon and Sierra Club worked hard last year to ban the bag in Portland. Soon after, the race to be the 2nd city in the state to ban the bag began. Newport, Corvallis and Eugene all began looking at bag bans of their own. 

Andy Maggi | 04.24.12 7:42 pm

It finally happened. Koch Industries has finally started putting money into races here in Oregon. Just yesterday, they contributed $3,000 to Mike Schaufler’s campaign.

If you’ve been under a rock for the past couple of years, you may not know that Koch Industries is a privately held company that contributes to extremely conservative politicians and has been a crucial financial backer for the Tea Party movement.

| 06.07.11 10:58 am

The hits keep on coming against the toxic chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA). While the Oregon Legislature weighs banning toxic BPA in children's products like baby bottles and sippy cups, we are learning more about just how dangerous BPA may be.

Here's a quick-hit list of some of the most recent artciles and studies on how we shouldn't underestimate the dangers of BPA. As an endocrine disruptor, it can cause severe developmental problems in children and a whole host of other health issues. 

| 05.26.11 9:35 am

Did you hear about what Oregon House Leaders are trying to pull?  

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a toxic chemical found in children’s products like baby bottles and sippy cups. It's linked to severe developmental problems.

But Oregon’s House Leaders refuse to ban toxic BPA. They’re putting the health and safety of our children at risk.

| 05.10.11 9:49 am

There’s only one week left until ballots are counted and two very important elections are coming down to the wire. Both of these campaigns need your help today.

Clackamas County Measure 3-372: Building a New, Safe Sellwood Bridge

| 04.26.11 10:52 am

At our 14th Annual Celebration for the Environment, Governor John Kitzhaber offered stirring remarks about the importance of the OLCV and our work on myriad conservation issues. And he affirmed his commitment to work with us to protect Oregon's great natural legacy for future generations. 

Here's just a small sample of his remarks:

Since I was last in office, you have had a truly productive eight years – organizing, educating, and sometimes scratching and clawing to protect Oregon’s land, air and water for future generations. 

| 04.19.11 9:56 am

At this year's OLCV Annual Celebration dinner, we debuted a video featuring several Oregon business leaders, conservationists, and elected officials as they look back at the 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill. They go on to talk about the critical work that OLCV does to protect Oregon's environment and create jobs at the same time.

Click below to watch the video:

| 04.08.11 1:59 pm

Yesterday, we were privileged to hear two great speeches by Oregon leaders that powerfully made the case that protecting our public health, protecting the environment and growing our economy go hand in hand. One was made on the floor of the U.S. Senate and one was made on the floor of the Oregon State Senate.

Here's video of the floor speech made by U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley. Senator Merkley spoke in opposition to attempts by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and others to gut the Clean Air Act.


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