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Environmental Entrepreneurs Update
March 29, 2007
This Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) newsletter is sent to all E2 members and friends of E2.
Articles in this Issue:

E2 in Sacramento - Delegation meets with a quarter of the legislature in one day
New England Keeps the Pressure on Beacon Hill - Members make inroads with Legislature and Administration
New York City's Ambitious Sustainability Goals - Mayor's office has plans for 2030 and beyond
News and Media Coverage of the Environment - Boston event looks at trends and suggestions
Global Warming and the Spread of Disease - Santa Monica EcoSalon first in series on public health
Global Warming Solutions for Portland Businesses - E2 event draws audience eager for action
NRDC's Newest BioGems Campaign - Protecting Chilean Patagonia from destructive energy development
TXU Plans Power Plants with CO2 Emissions Capture - NRDC presses for environmental commitments
Western Governors Launch Global Warming Initiative - Promotes clean energy and efficiency
NRDC Helps Improve Digital TV Adapter Standards - Energy efficiency key to qualifying for federal rebates
Clean Water Funding Passes in the House - Will keep sewage and contaminated stormwater out of rivers
Keeping Toxic Pollutants Out of Local Waters - Smaller communities can keep rivers and coastlines clean
NRDC Sues EPA for Allowing Highly Toxic Pesticides - Agency missed its congressionally mandated deadline
Forces for Nature Benefit in New York - Annual event honors Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter
Calendar of Events - E2 events in California, New York, New England and the Rocky Mountains

E2 in Sacramento

E2’s 2007 delegation to Sacramento (from left to right): Tony Bernhardt, Chris Vargas, Nicole Lederer, Rick DeGolia, Kristine Johnson, Dave Edwards, Lee Stein, John Dawson, Bob Epstein, Ann Notthoff (NRDC staff), Dayna Bochco and Jon Slangerup. The welcome sign is real and came courtesy of Senate pro tem Perata’s Chief of Staff, Kip Lipper.
Eleven E2 members traveled to Sacramento on March 6th for our fourth annual trip. Divided into two groups, we met with members of the Schwarzenegger administration, 22 members of the State Assembly and 11 members of the State Senate. In total, this was more than a quarter of the legislature and our most ambitious trip to date.

Our trip this year focused on four main topics: (1) climate policies, (2) state bonds, (3) water policy and (4) air quality at California ports.

Climate policies

The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) was E2’s most significant accomplishment from 2006. This year, much of our work is focused on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as a multi-year effort begins to define the rules for the global warming pollution reductions under AB 32 that go into effect on January 1, 2012. While implementation is making good progress, some tension exists about the role of market mechanisms. AB 32 authorizes CARB to consider market mechanisms (e.g. trading of emission allowances), but does not require them, and puts a burden of proof to show that market mechanisms do not have any adverse consequences before they’re put in to place. There have been concerns expressed that the Governor’s budget requests and executive orders regarding markets are moving faster than they should. E2 feels the actions have been appropriate and we used this trip to explain why we think so.

E2’s requests to the legislature were to:
"Meeting with legislators and staff provides a fascinating insight into how environmental policy is formed in California. It is clear that E2 is building momentum as a well-respected group of knowledgeable business leaders who can both educate and influence policymakers." - Dave Edwards
  1. Fully fund the budget requests for climate work;
  2. Use a package of policy tools, including regulations in advance of the cap and then both regulatory and market-based approaches to meet the 2020 statewide emissions limit.
  3. Consider additional legislation that complements AB 32.
E2 is supporting a package of three bills this session that will advance the market for alternative transportation fuels and cleaner vehicles and assist with the goals of AB 32:
  1. California Clean Fuel Incentive Horton (R) - AB 1190 encourages the distribution and sales of alternative fuels that have significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions than today’s gasoline and diesel fuels. The incentive reduces the sales tax on cleaner fuels - making them more affordable for the consumer and more profitable for the distributor of those fuels. AB 1190 will be heard in its first committee, Assembly Revenue and Tax, in May.
  2. Clean Car Discount for California Families Ruskin (D) - AB 493 would establish an innovative program to make cleaner cars and trucks more affordable. The program would provide a one-time rebate or one-time surcharge on the purchase of new vehicles based on each vehicle’s emissions of global warming pollution. AB 493 passed its first committee, Assembly Transportation, on March 27th. So it’s on its way.
  3. Clean Alternative Vehicles and Fuels Feuer (D) - AB 99 directs the California Air Resources Board to adopt regulations requiring that 50 percent of new passenger vehicles and light duty trucks be capable of using alternative fuels by 2012. Example vehicles include hybrid vehicles, plug-in electric hybrid vehicles with a minimum of 20 miles all electric range, flexible fuel vehicles and other vehicles that can run on non-liquid petroleum fuels. Senator Kehoe has a similar bill, SB 494 in the Senate. AB 99 will be heard in the Assembly Transportation Committee and SB 494 will be heard in the Senate Transportation Committee in April.
State Bonds

"This was my first trip to Sacramento. I was surprised at how many bills the Legislators have to vote on. It underlined the importance of our trip - get them the information, answer their questions and highlight the bills that will advance AB 32 goals." - Dayna Bochco
California voters approved over $40 billion in new bonds last November. We asked legislators to make sure that the allocation of bond monies follow three principles:
  1. Environmental Protection: Bond funding should mitigate the impacts of expanded infrastructure on air and water quality and should continue programs that ensure safe drinking water and the protection of our coastal areas, parks, habitat and open spaces that attract key tourism dollars to California.
  2. Fairness in Financing: The incorporation of a "beneficiary pays" approach, such as a container fee at ports to advance clean technologies and reduce pollution and the incorporation of "volumetric" water fees, based on the amount of water used. Infrastructure projects should also demonstrate clear public benefits in order to utilize public funding for projects; particularly dams and surface storage, which have yet to show a favorable return.
  3. Consistency with Climate Change Policy: In order to meet California’s global warming emission reduction targets (down to 1990 levels by 2020), bond expenditures should enable smart growth development to reduce vehicle miles traveled and encourage the use of transit, walking and biking. Infrastructure investments must be consistent with the state’s climate goals and should be steered toward projects that discourage sprawl and reduce unnecessary driving.
Water Policy
"I was very impressed with the caliber of the legislators with whom we met and with the effectiveness of the delegation at getting across our issues. Legislators really took notice when members of our delegation mentioned first-hand involvement in a growing California business! It was gratifying to see the tailwind we have behind AB 32. Administration members were clamoring for Cleantech investment data and legislators are fascinated by investments, or prospects of investment, in their districts." - Tony Bernhardt

Two major water projects have been proposed. One would build two new dams (SB 59) and the other (SB 27) would build a peripheral canal around the San Joaquin-Bay Delta. E2 recommended that the legislature maximize cost effectiveness and minimize energy intensiveness when considering water projects. As we discussed in our article: Water Policy and Climate Policy, water uses 19 percent of the state’s electricity and 30 percent of the natural gas. We suggested many alternatives that could deliver water more cheaply than the proposed dams or canals and also reduce energy consumption at the same time. Subsequent to our trip, we submitted our opposition letter to SB 59.

Air Quality at California Ports
"I found the Senators and Assembly Members were sincerely interested in what we had to say, and appeared committed to doing the right things for the environment. I was impressed with the quality of the E2 delegation. People who are willing to take time out of their busy lives to advocate for political change are worth their weight in gold." - Jon Slangerup

One of the most significant and growing sources of air pollution are California’s ports. In the Los Angeles area, ocean-going ships, harbor tugs and commercial boats, such as passenger ferries, emit many times more smog-forming pollutants than all power plants in the Southern California region combined (see Harboring Pollution). The Port Investment Bill (SB 974), authored by Senator Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), would provide a permanent source of funding, through a per-shipping-container fee, for air quality improvements at the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland. Some legislators expressed concern about negative impacts of a fee, but recent studies confirmed that the fee would not prevent an overall increase in port revenues and would make a significant difference in both modernizing the ports and reducing their air quality impacts. SB 974 will be heard in the Senate Transportation Committee on April 17, 2007.

Governor’s Office

E2 members Chris Vargas, Nicole Lederer, Lee Stein and Tony Bernhardt enjoy a lunchtime conversation with Chief of Staff Susan Kennedy (second from right).
The most immediate activity to address global warming is the work of the state agencies in implementing AB 32. These include the dual efforts of crafting a good regulatory framework through the California Air Resources Board and gaining an economic advantage for California through both more competitive energy costs and attracting Cleantech companies to California.

The Governor’s Cabinet Secretary Dan Dunmoyer stressed that the administration has made extensive use of the E2 Cleantech report and he is interested in working with us as we build our network of Cleantech companies to document the potential for greenhouse gas reductions through cleaner technologies.

Chief of Staff Susan Kennedy stressed the importance of the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard and the potential it holds to shift California’s fuel supply towards less-polluting alternative fuels. One of the foundations for the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard is the Alternative Fuels Bill, AB 1007 (Pavley), that E2 and NRDC sponsored.

"What struck me the most was the sense that something greater than "politics as usual" is in the air. Our legislators are fired up about AB 32. Note that I did not say "in full agreement." But I would say there is a clear sense of urgency, focus and attention to the global leadership role our great state is about to undertake in the years ahead." - Chris Vargas

In our six years of work in Sacramento, E2 has developed important relationships at every level of Government and many E2 members have played important roles in both legislative and administrative activities. We will continue to work with these offices in moving forward policy that addresses our environmental challenges in an economically beneficial way.

"This trip was different. In years past we started virtually every meeting in Sacramento introducing E2 and then our issues. This year, in virtually every meeting, we were welcomed, thanked for our support over the prior years, asked what we were focusing on this year and frequently asked to help with something of importance to the legislature. It was fantastic." - Lee Stein

E2 delegates met with the following officials:

Members of the Assembly:
Tom Berryhill (R - Modesto) (staff)
Hector De La Torre (D - Downey)
Mark DeSaulnier (D - Martinez)
Mike Eng (D - El Monte)
Mike Feuer (D - Los Angeles)
Loni Hancock (D - Berkeley)
Shirley Horton (R - San Diego)
Jared Huffman (D - San Rafael)
Betty Karnette (D - Long Beach)
Paul Krekorian (D - Burbank)
John Laird (D - Santa Cruz)
Mark Leno (D - San Francisco) (staff)
Ted Lieu (D - Torrance)
Gene Mullin (D - San Mateo) (staff)
Speaker Fabian Núñez (D - Los Angeles) (staff)
Nicole Parra (D - Hanford)
Ira Ruskin (D - Redwood City)
Mary Salas (D - Chula Vista)
Lori Saldaña (D - San Diego)
Cameron Smyth (R - Santa Clarita)
Minority Leader Michael Villines (R - Clovis) (staff)
Lois Wolk (D - Davis)
Members of the Senate:
"In addition to advocacy on new legislation, E2 is playing a role of generating ideas and approaches for the implementation earlier of successful conservation legislation. The cumulative years of management and execution experience that E2 brings to these discussions offers a pragmatic and useful perspective and seems increasingly sought after by policy makers." - Kristine Johnson

"It’s fascinating seeing the difference year by year in how legislators react to environmental issues and concerns. Most obviously, the environment is both a lot hotter topic these days than it used to be, and also more bipartisan. It is due in part to a realization that there are actually more business arguments for good environmental policy, than business arguments against it, and this is something legislators are eager to talk about." - John Dawson

Dave Cogdill (R - Fresno) (staff)
Ellen Corbett (D - San Leandro) (staff)
Denise Moreno Ducheny (D - San Diego)
Christine Kehoe (D - San Diego)
Alan Lowenthal (D - Long Beach)
Jenny Oropeza (D - Long Beach)
Alex Padilla (D - Pacoima)
Mark Ridley-Thomas (D - Los Angeles) (staff)
Joe Simitian (D - Palo Alto)
Patricia Wiggins (D - Santa Rosa)
Leland Yee (D - San Francisco/San Mateo) (staff)

Schwarzenegger Administration:
Dan Dunmoyer, Cabinet Secretary
Susan Kennedy, Chief of Staff

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New England Keeps the Pressure on Beacon Hill

E2 members at the Massachusetts state house. From left to right: Dan Goldman, Berl Hartman, John Harper, Dave Miller.
This has been a busy month for E2 members who weighed in on key issues such as eliminating barriers to clean energy development, auctioning pollution permits under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and supporting Cape Wind.

In a March 14th meeting with Ann Berwick, Under Secretary of Energy in the Patrick Administration, and staff, E2 members John Harper, Dave Miller and Berl Hartman had a free-ranging discussion of project financing and other barriers to clean energy development. We were very well received and hope this will be the start of an ongoing dialogue between E2 and members of the administration.

On March 15th, the E2 team was joined by Dan Goldman to meet with Senator Michael Morrissey, Chair of the Senate Energy Committee, and Judy Laster, Chief Legislative Assistant to Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi. Speaker DiMasi recently released a comprehensive Energy Bill that we are reviewing and analyzing.

E2 also took a stand on another contentious Massachusetts issue, the subject of pollution allowances under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade system that limits CO2 from power plants. E2 members submitted a letter of support for the auctioning of 100 percent of the pollution allowances - rather than giving them away free to companies covered under the cap - and using the revenue to support energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Cape Wind, the planned offshore wind farm that has spent six years under review, was in the news again this week. E2 continued to demonstrate support for the much needed renewable energy project with a letter to the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency (MEPA), urging them to move this project forward rapidly because it will provide a much needed source of clean, renewable energy, stimulate jobs and help position Massachusetts as a leader in the Clean Energy Economy.

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New York City's Ambitious Sustainability Goals

On March 22, New York E2 members and guests gathered for a lively discussion with Rohit Aggarwala, head of Mayor Bloomberg’s new Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, and Ashok Gupta, Director of NRDC’s Air and Energy Program, to learn more about NYC’s sustainability goals for 2030 and beyond. Mr. Aggarwala stressed that the City’s major challenges - population increase, aging infrastructure, and environmental problems - are barriers to maintaining and improving New York’s vibrant economy, culture and quality of life.

He then went on to outline the City’s goals to address each of these challenges. They include: reducing global warming emissions by 30 percent, achieving the cleanest air of any big city in America, cleaning up all contaminated land, increasing mass transit and parklands, upgrading water and energy infrastructures, and ensuring sustainable housing for a projected population growth of 1.3 million. To help achieve these goals, Mr. Aggarwala’s office has reached out to local civic, labor, development, business and environmental groups - such as NRDC - as well as the general public for their ideas and guidance. The City is in the last stages of developing their policy initiative and is expected to unveil its plans next month.

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News and Media Coverage of the Environment

On March 15, E2 members and guests gathered for a discussion, "Changing Hearts and Minds: Framing Environmental Issues for the Media and Decision Makers," that featured Scott Allen, veteran environmental and health reporter at The Boston Globe; Solitaire Townsend, Co-founder and Managing Director of Futerra; and Jon Coifman, NRDC’s National Media Director. Solitaire shared findings from her research on coverage of global warming and environmental issues in the media, as well as some practical steps on how to engage the press and get balanced coverage.

Scott explained the challenges print media faces at a time when TV and the internet are all vying for the big stories, and how they must incorporate multi-media components such as online content, podcasts and interactive features, in order to stay competitive. Jon offered some fascinating "war" stories - he described NRDC’s media strategy for some of its latest environmental victories and NRDC’s Keep Winter Cool campaign as examples of how we are engaging, energizing and motivating a diverse audience on our issues. Last week’s Wall Street Journal had an article on NRDC’s Keep Winter Cool campaign and also featured a video on its website.

E2 would like to thank Nixon Peabody LLP for hosting this event.

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Global Warming and the Spread of Disease

On March 14, E2 Southern California hosted an EcoSalon to discuss global warming, human health and the spread of disease. NRDC President Frances Beinecke opened the evening with an insider briefing on NRDC victories involving the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) and utility giant TXU. NRDC Senior Scientist Gina Solomon, M.D./M.P.H., provided a provocative presentation on how global warming will affect human health and Deputy Director of NRDC’s Climate Center, Dan Lashof, Ph.D., discussed the current federal policy proposals and solutions to curb climate change.

Linda Rosenstock, M.D./M.P.H, Dean of UCLA’s School of Public Health, and Fran Pavley, NRDC Senior Climate Advisor and former California Assembly Member, were both on hand to share their insights and expertise. E2 Chapter Leader Christina Erickson closed the evening by informing guests of the Chapter’s advocacy efforts, including ensuring passage of SB 974 (Lowenthal), the Ports Investment Bill which leverages a per-container fee at the ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles and Oakland that will be used to fund air quality, security and infrastructure programs.

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Global Warming Solutions for Portland Businesses

In the Pacific Northwest, E2 is organizing the business community to address climate change policy in the 2007 Oregon legislative session. They kicked things off on February 27 with a standing room-only gathering of business leaders, including newly elected representatives from the Oregon Legislature. Portland’s General Electric Company sponsored the dinner, thanks to E2 member Pamela Lesh, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Planning. Don Fuhrman, Senior Vice President of PPM Energy, and Angus Duncan, President of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, also addressed the audience.

NRDC’s Energy expert, Ralph Cavanagh, masterfully guided the process of creating an energy agenda on which the Oregon business community could take immediate action. The meeting was a great success, with overwhelming support for the policy agenda from the assembled group. Since the event, Oregon business leaders have sent letters supporting policy action on global warming to both U.S. Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR) and members of the Oregon state legislature.

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NRDC's Newest BioGems Campaign

On February 22 and 23, E2 hosted focus meetings, "Powering Chile: Developing Energy Strategies that Protect Patagonia," featuring Juan Pablo Orrego, Goldman Environmental Prize winner and coordinator of the Campaña Patagonia-Chile, and Jacob Scherr, Director of NRDC’s International Program. At the luncheon events in Palo Alto and San Francisco, Juan and Jacob discussed NRDC’s newest BioGems campaign to protect Chilean Patagonia from plans to build several massive hydro-electric dams on half a dozen rivers as well as an unprecedented 1,200 miles of transmission lines through national parks and wilderness areas.

NRDC’s campaign is focused on encouraging the Chilean government to consider real measures for energy efficiency and local, renewable energy production, and educating locals on the environmental impact of the proposed projects. A critical piece of this will be the engagement and support of other business leaders who can share expertise and experience. Jacob is planning a trip to Chile in 2008 for E2 members interested in experiencing Patagonia and discussing environmental issues with Chilean business leaders. If interested, please contact Teryn Hanggi at thanggi@nrdc.org.

E2 thanks E2 member George Cogan for hosting the Palo Alto focus meeting at Bain & Co., and Mixt Greens for catering at the San Francisco focus meeting.

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TXU Plans Power Plants with CO2 Emissions Capture

On March 9, TXU and the investor groups behind the record-setting buyout of the company announced unveiled plans to seek bids for two new power plants in Texas using technology that will capture heat-trapping carbon dioxide pollution. The move is part of the ongoing effort by NRDC to press for the clean up of the company’s portfolio following an unprecedented set of environmental commitments negotiated as part of the buyout deal. According to the firm’s news release, TXU will select two or more of the proposals to develop and deploy integrated gasification combine cycle coal technologies (IGCC) on a commercial scale. The winning bidding companies would be focused on two major objectives: research and development aimed at improving the efficiency, cost profile and environmental performance of gasification technologies; and front-end engineering and development for IGCC units at existing sites originally reserved for the now-suspended pulverized coal units.

NRDC and Environmental Defense were called in by the two buyout firms, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Texas Pacific Group, to craft a plan that will cut global warming pollution, invest in energy efficiency and support mandatory national caps on global warming pollution (read more about the buyout plan).

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Western Governors Launch Global Warming Initiative

On February 26 the governors of five Western states launched a joint effort to reduce their emissions of global warming pollution. The five states - Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington and California - will team up to create a regional system to promote clean energy and energy efficiency to slow emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollutants that are causing higher temperatures, melting snow packs, increased droughts and a higher threat of wildfires throughout the region.

California already has a law (AB 32) establishing a comprehensive system of regulatory and market mechanisms to achieve its targets, and this agreement signals the intent to create such a comprehensive system region-wide. The new agreement closely mirrors a similar pact - the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative - between 10 Northeastern states that are also on track to reduce global warming pollution.

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NRDC Helps Improve Digital TV Adapter Standards

In 2009 the U.S. will be shifting to digital-only TV broadcasts and, as such, owners of analog TVs (i.e. not LCD or plasma digital TVs) will need Digital TV Adapter (DTA) converter boxes in order to continue to watch free TV. It is expected that roughly 25 million DTAs will be sold in the U.S. beginning in 2009. On March 12 the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Agency (which is part of the Department of Commerce) published its requirements for the rebate program it is administering for DTAs. The requirements reflect energy standards recommended by NRDC to the agency.

To qualify for the federal $40-per-box rebate coupon, the DTA may use no more than two watts of power when in sleep mode and must be shipped with an auto power-down feature that automatically turns the DTA off when not in use. (Without this feature, most boxes would stay on 24 hours a day, consuming 8-15 watts.) The more efficient boxes will save each box owner over $25, on average, in electric bills over the five-year box life - or almost $1 billion in electricity savings for the nation as a whole. It is also expected to prevent 6 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

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Clean Water Funding Passes in the House

In early March, the U.S. House of Representatives passed three bills vital to protecting the nation’s waters and ensuring healthy communities on the banks of U.S. rivers and lakes. The bills, the Water Quality Financing Act of 2007 (H.R. 720), the Healthy Communities Water Supply Act of 2007 (H.R. 700) and the Water Quality Investment Act (H.R. 569) authorize nearly $16 billion over four years for clean water infrastructure. Such projects include rebuilding wastewater systems in communities where, in the case of heavy rains, sewers overflow into rivers and streams. In communities incapable of funding new systems, not only does the health of their citizens suffer, but also the well being of those living downstream. All three bills are opposed by the Bush administration, which supports phasing-out federal funding for clean water projects. The Senate is expected to hold hearings and introduce its own bills later this year.

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Keeping Toxic Pollutants Out of Local Waters

On March 21, NRDC published Keeping Our Waters Clean: How Smaller Communities Can Prevent Toxic Runoff, which outlines strategies that can be adopted by smaller and midsized communities across the country to keep local waters free of disease-causing pollutants. The paper summarizes the tools needed to stop and control polluted runoff - the leading source of pollution to California’s coastal waters. It is based on the program adopted by communities along California’s Monterey Peninsula, and is an update of NRDC’s 2005 report A Practical Plan for Pollution Prevention, which analyzed storm water programs throughout the United States. Pathogens and pollutants swept by runoff can degrade water so much that it becomes unsafe for recreational use. Polluted stormwater runoff can have serious health consequences, including fever, chills, nausea and ear problems in people who swim near runoff drains. Runoff also causes acutely toxic conditions for aquatic organisms, degrades ecosystems and strains coastal-dependent economies, resulting in beach closures.

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NRDC Sues EPA for Allowing Highly Toxic Pesticides

On February 28 NRDC filed a lawsuit in New York against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to protect the public from exposure to two highly toxic pesticides - DDVP (dichlorvos) and carbaryl. The action charges that the EPA missed its congressionally mandated deadline to finalize a comprehensive reevaluation of carbaryl, failed for 20 years to finish an expedited review of DDVP and failed to respond to a petition calling for a ban on the chemicals. DDVP - commonly used in pest strips, aerosol sprays and pet collars - is one of the most dangerous pesticides on the market. Studies have shown DDVP causes cancer in laboratory animals. The EPA lists it as a possible human carcinogen. DDVP already is banned overseas, including the United Kingdom, Denmark and Sweden. Carbaryl - a highly toxic pesticide used in large-scale agriculture, lawn products, commercial garden centers and pet products - is particularly toxic to the developing nervous system in fetuses, infants and young children. The EPA acknowledges that carbaryl can over-stimulate the nervous system, inducing symptoms including nausea, dizziness, confusion and even death in extreme cases.

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Forces for Nature Benefit in New York

From left to right: Dan Tishman, John Adams, James Wiatt, Elizabeth Wiatt, Graydon Carter, Anna Scott Carter , Frances Beinecke and Peter Lehner. Photo by Ginny Arcari.
NRDC’s 9th annual Forces for Nature Benefit was on March 7 in New York. Honoree Graydon Carter, Editor of Vanity Fair, brought in a sparkling crowd. Co-chairs Anna Scott Carter and trustee Elizabeth Wiatt helped to raise over $3.1 million. It was a wonderful night that highlighted NRDC’s work and Graydon Carter’s commitment to the environment that includes launching the magazine’s very first ’green’ issue last April. Vanity Fair is set to launch a second green issue for this year’s Earth Day. The evening was topped off by the announcement that the Empire State Building was lit up green in honor of Graydon and NRDC, thanks to NRDC Trustee Shelly Malkin and her husband, Tony.

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