Combine Sewer Overflows: water companies far from their best

Clean water campaigners Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) are extremely disappointed with the Planning Inspector's weak ruling, requiring water companies to make only minor improvements to their 4,000 unregulated Combine Sewer Overflows (CSOs). These minor improvements fall far short of what is needed to protect and improve the environment and SAS feel this has been an opportunity lost.

SAS supported the Environment Agency's proposed conditions, which didn't require excessive investment. Yet incredible, after 20 years of leniency, rather than embrace the decision with good grace the water companies involved appealed against 94% of the discharge consents! The appeal was brought before the Planning Inspector by; Anglian Water, Yorkshire Water, Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru, Thames Water and Severn Trent Water.

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Obama oil drilling plan: not the answer

Is this the progress you voted for? More oil drilling will not solve our energy problems. Please urge President Obama to protect our coasts from offshore drilling.

Last week, the Obama administration announced a new plan to allow offshore drilling and exploration in federal waters (from 3 miles to 200 miles offshore) in the mid-Atlantic, eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska. This is major news because it marks the reversal of our domestic offshore drilling policy for the first time in almost 30 years.

From 1982 through 2008 there was both a Congressional and an Executive moratorium on federal offshore drilling and exploration. The moratoriums maintained bipartisan support over the years until gas prices spiked during the summer of 2008 and offshore drilling became a partisan election year issue.

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Accessing clean water: SurfAid and Killer Dana unite efforts

SurfAid International, a non-profit humanitarian organization, and action sports superstore Killer Dana, LLC, have created a philanthropic alliance to increase awareness of SurfAid’s mission to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions that are connected to us through surfing. The organization’s main focus is developing long-term, sustainable community health through the prevention of treatable disease via widespread education efforts to promote behavior change.

SurfAid works in the Mentawai Islands, located 90 miles off Indonesia’s West Sumatran coast, and Nias Island, 80 miles off the North Sumatran coast. The infant mortality rate (children under five) in the Mentawai Islands is 93 per 1,000 live births – nearly one in 10. In Nias, the rate is 66 deaths per 1,000 births. In industrialized countries, on average there are six deaths for every 1,000 live births.

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