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  • Terms of Use | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    the sites Posted Materials The information and opinions expressed in materials posted by visitors on the chat areas bulletin boards lists or other venues connected with our sites collectively forums are not necessarily those of CCAN or its affiliates and CCAN makes no representations or warranties regarding such posted materials Users should be aware that our forums are public not private communications When you voluntarily disclose personal information on our forums that information can be collected and used by others and may result in unsolicited messages from other people You shall not submit upload or post to our forums any content which 1 libels defames invades privacy or is obscene pornographic abusive or threatening 2 infringes any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity including but not limited to violating anyone s copyrights or trademarks 3 falsifies or deletes author attributions legal notices or other proprietary designations 4 violates any law 5 advocates illegal activity 6 contains viruses corrupted files or other materials that may cause damage to another s computer or 7 advertises or otherwise solicits funds or sales of goods or services By posting any content on our forums you automatically agree to indemnify CCAN from and against any and all third party claims demands liabilities costs or expenses including reasonable attorneys fees resulting from your breach of these posting restrictions By posting any content on our forums you automatically grant to CCAN a perpetual royalty free irrevocable and unrestricted worldwide right and license to use reproduce modify adapt publish translate create derivative works from and distribute the posted content or incorporate the posted content into any form medium or technology now known or later developed for any purpose including advertising and promotion and you automatically waive all moral rights with respect to the posted content Outside Links CCAN has not reviewed all of the sites linked to these sites and is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any off site pages or any other sites linked to these sites whether or not they are affiliated with CCAN Such linked sites are for your convenience only and you access them at your own risk CCAN makes no representations or warranties as to the accuracy or functioning of any such link That another web site is linked to our site does not constitute endorsement by CCAN of the owner of the other site the content of its site or its products or services Limitations on CCAN s Liability The materials on these sites are provided solely for educational and promotional purposes Your use and browsing of these sites is at your own risk The materials could include technical inaccuracies or other errors They are provided to you as is without warranty of any kind either express or implied including but not limited to implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose CCAN does not warrant that the functions contained in chesapeakeclimate org or climateemergency org materials will be uninterrupted or

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  • Privacy | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    CCAN website In order to use some of the tools and functions however such as the online action center you must enter some identifying information CCAN does not disclose this information to anyone except 1 to identify you as described in the following three paragraphs to those you contact through our website and 2 to manage our website and database with the help of service providers who are subject to a non disclosure agreement Information you provide CCAN is stored in a secure location and is accessible only by designated staff Online Activism To send a message from our online action center to government officials and other decision makers you must identify yourself by name address and email address CCAN includes this information when we send your message This is necessary for your message to be effective and in the case of many government officials it is required Postcards and Tell Your Friends Pages To forward an article postcard or action alert you must enter your name your email address and the email address es of anyone you are sending it to CCAN includes your name and email address when we send your message Other Places Information May Be Requested In addition to information you enter when sending messages to friends and decision makers from CCAN s website you may submit information directly to CCAN for purposes including donating subscribing to an email bulletin or entering a contest CCAN will not disclose this information to anyone except in accordance with any rules you agree to as a contestant and as described above to manage our website and database with the help of service providers who are subject to a non disclosure agreement Communications from CCAN If you have opted to receive any of our publications by email you are able

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  • Kelly Trout, Communications Director | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Approves Ban on Fracking April 12 2016 By Kelly Trout Communications Director Share Prince George s County Council unanimously passes a zoning change to prohibit dangerous drilling Upper Marlboro MD Today the Prince George s County Council voted unanimously to ban hydraulic fracturing better Continued Maryland Senate Approves Significant Clean Energy Expansion April 6 2016 By Kelly Trout Communications Director Share Legislation will increase use of wind and solar while creating family sustaining jobs and healthier air Annapolis M D Today the Maryland Senate voted by a resounding 31 14 margin to approve legislation that Continued CCAN Applauds Attorneys General of Maryland Virginia and DC For Joining First of its Kind Climate Coalition March 29 2016 By Kelly Trout Communications Director Share NEW YORK The Attorneys General of Maryland Virginia and Washington D C announced today that they are joining a first of its kind coalition of state attorneys general to defend and push for Continued DC Decision to Approve Exelon Pepco Merger Will Harm the Environment and Ratepayers For Years to Come March 23 2016 By Kelly Trout Communications Director Share WASHINGTON D C In a stunning decision the D C Public Service Commission voted 2 1 today to rubber stamp a widely opposed merger deal that allows Chicago based utility giant Exelon to take over Continued Activists Launch Golf Cart Shuttle Between DEQ and Dominion Headquarters to Highlight Cloud Over Coal Ash Decisions March 23 2016 By Kelly Trout Communications Director Share A putting green golf cart shuttle courtesy of Dominion and Master s inspired banner are greeting DEQ employees right now Activists question cozy culture of influence after revelation that Virginia s top environmental Continued Maryland House Advances Major Bill to Expand Renewable Energy March 21 2016 By Kelly Trout Communications Director Share ANNAPOLIS The Maryland House

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  • In Grassroots Victory, Obama Administration Protects Virginia and the Atlantic Coast from Offshore Drilling | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    interests and thousands of citizens Advocates have underlined that any new drilling in our oceans would usher in unacceptable risks to coastal economies while worsening global warming Mike Tidwell director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network released the following statement in response This is a great step forward for Virginia s coast and our climate Thanks to the strong and sustained opposition of coastal cities business leaders and citizens the Atlantic coast will remain safe from oil rigs for years to come This decision will prevent disastrous oil spills while helping to protect our vulnerable coast from rising sea levels As rising waters flood Virginia s coast on a routine basis we need to be investing 100 in clean energy not digging an even deeper hole of pollution Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam the county governments on Virginia s Eastern Shore business and local leaders across Hampton Roads and thousands of regular citizens deserve credit for telling the Obama administration no to new drilling off Virginia s coast Thankfully their call was heard above that of Governor McAuliffe who stood on the wrong side of this decision We urge Governor McAuliffe to stand up for our coast and climate now by

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/in-grassroots-victory-obama-administration-protects-virginia-and-the-atlantic-coast-from-offshore-drilling/ (2016-05-02)
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  • In Grassroots Victory, Two-Year Fracking Moratorium Becomes Law in Maryland | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Marylanders from health professionals business owners farmers families and residents from across the state Over 100 groups came together and organized to collect and deliver letters to the Governor and the Maryland General Assembly in support of the moratorium The group backed an ad recorded by actor and Maryland native Edward Norton targeting the Governor to sign the bill The Baltimore Sun also editorialized in favor of the moratorium calling it the kind of compromise that Gov Larry Hogan ought to embrace Governor Hogan is rightly following the will of the public in allowing Maryland s first statutory moratorium on fracking to become law said Shilpa Joshi Maryland campaign coordinator at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network This victory belongs to the citizens from Mountain Maryland to the Eastern Shore who have fought for years to protect our air water economy and climate from the gas industry The grassroots movement that flooded Governor Hogan s office and the General Assembly with emails and calls this spring will only grow and get louder over the next two years to ensure our communities remain protected The movement behind this moratorium was unyielding said Mitch Jones Common Resources Director for Food Water Watch Passing a moratorium under a pro fracking Governor is a testament to the effectiveness that organizing can have As more and more scientific studies show the health and environmental problems with fracking more and more Marylanders oppose the practice When we are used to seeing moneyed interests rule it is encouraging to see elected officials heed the will of the people to protect their communities Rebecca Ruggles Director of the Maryland Environmental Health Network said In the short time since the legislature passed this bill we have already seen new health threats being documented There is a new University of Maryland study published which raises questions about Maryland air pollution from fracking in other states a new review of the risks to communities and a study looking at impacts on vulnerable populations We really need at least 30 months to monitor and assess this flow of health studies and analyses This moratorium will give us time to assess the constant flow of new studies about the health economic and societal effects of fracking before it comes to our home said Dr Ann Bristow a commissioner who served on Governor O Malley s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission Proactive and preventive action through community based education and citizen engagement is necessary in policy decisions that will effect people s health Hitting the pause button on fracking is the most responsible and ethical way for public health and safety policy to move forward For the growing numbers of western Maryland residents and business owners who live in fear that fracking will ruin our communities natural resources property values and thriving tourism economy this moratorium is a relief said Nadine Grabania of Citizen Shale and owner of Deep Creek Cellars We now have two years to explore fracking s threats to public health and safety

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  • Victory for clean energy in DC | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    solar powered electricity in the District by closing a major loophole in DC s most important clean energy law Following a unanimous DC Council vote in December Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Amendment Act of 2014 into law on January 26th 2015 The law will make sure that D C ratepayers no longer subsidize the burning of dirty black liquor and inefficient wood waste energy sources that pollute on par with coal under D C s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard RPS law As a result we ll reduce carbon pollution by the equivalent of taking 142 000 cars off the road every year and incentivize the equivalent of about four new utility scale wind farms throughout our region Since July of 2013 with your support CCAN has been working together with the DC Environmental Network the Sierra Club DC Chapter DC Divest and others to get this bill passed This victory puts DC on the path to reducing huge amounts of climate pollution and incentivizing huge amounts of new clean energy investment across our region As the world s top scientists warn that swift action is necessary at all levels and right now to avoid irreversible

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/victory-for-clean-energy-in-dc/ (2016-05-02)
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  • EPA Agrees to Deadline for First-Ever US Coal Ash Regulations | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson vowed to finalize coal ash regulations following a spill in Kingston TN where over a billion gallons of coal ash burst through a dam and damaged or destroyed two dozen homes and 300 acres of riverfront property In the aftermath of that disaster the EPA proposed various regulatory options in May 2010 and held seven public hearings in August and September of that year Environmental and public health groups community organizations Native American tribes and others generated more than 450 000 public comments on EPA s proposed regulation calling for the strongest protections under the law But since then despite coal ash contamination at more than 200 sites nationwide the EPA has failed to finalize the protections under pressure from industry the White House and some members of Congress A timeline of coal ash events from the TVA spill to today s settlement can be found here http earthjustice org coalash timeline The following statement is made on behalf of the organizations involved in this lawsuit Now we have certainty that EPA is going to take some action to protect us and all of the hundreds of communities across the country that are being poisoned by coal ash dumps Since the disaster in Kingston we have seen more tragic spills and the list of sites where coal ash is contaminating our water keeps growing Today we are celebrating because the rule we need is finally in sight But this deadline alone is not enough EPA needs to finalize a federally enforceable rule that will clean up the air and water pollution that threatens people in hundreds of communities across the country Coal ash has already poisoned too many lakes rivers streams and groundwater aquifers It is time to close dangerous unlined ash impoundments like the

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  • Environmental Groups Applaud First Closing of Modern Coal Plant in Maryland in a Generation | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    environment are big winners TAKOMA PARK MD Two groups who recently sued in Maryland court to clean up the historically high polluting R Paul Smith power plant in Washington County are applauding news today of the plant s complete shutdown planned for later this year The aging 110 megawatt power plant owned by First Energy Inc is responsible for emitting over two thousand of tons of nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide and over two hundred thousand tons of carbon dioxide in recent years and now represents the first utility scale modern coal fired power plant to shut down over pollution concerns in at least a generation in Maryland Nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide contribute to fine particle pollution known to cause premature death and mortality and nitrogen oxide pollution contributes to smog and nutrient overloading in the Chesapeake Bay Since 2010 the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and the Environmental Integrity Project had been leading regulatory and legal challenges to the plant in Maryland First Energy made a responsible decision to retire an old and dirty power plant said Jen Peterson an attorney with the Environmental Integrity Project which with CCAN sued last February over the plant s non compliance with state environmental laws Shutting down the R Paul Smith plant opens the door for clean energy sources and cleaner air and water for Maryland communities The plant built in 1947 did not comply with Maryland s 2006 Healthy Air Act and had been put under intense pressure to clean up or close down by local citizens and environmental groups The plant is one of six aging power plants in three states to be shut down by First Energy by September 1 st 2012 due to an inability to meet new federal and state environmental standards In addition to EIP and

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