Media Releases

1005, 2016

Teamsters, Community Protest Republic Services Over Toxic Landfills

May 10th, 2016|Comments Off on Teamsters, Community Protest Republic Services Over Toxic Landfills

Teamsters Attend Waste Company’s Annual Shareholders Meeting; Republic Board of Directors a No-Show PRESS CONTACT Kara Deniz Email: kdeniz@teamster.orgPhone: (202) 624-6911 (PHOENIX) — Teamsters with the Solid Waste and Recycling Division, and Beth Roach, a community activist from Wayne County, Ga., attended Republic Services Inc.’s [NYSE: RSG] annual shareholders’ meeting in Phoenix on Friday, decrying the company’s serial mismanagement of its landfills and the lack of care and respect for affected communities. “Republic Services management and the company’s biggest shareholder, Bill Gates, are making money today by building up huge environmental liabilities and sowing discord. This is not sustainable behavior,” [...]

505, 2016

Just Moms STL & CHEJ File Complaint with United Nations

May 5th, 2016|Comments Off on Just Moms STL & CHEJ File Complaint with United Nations

“This place is disease. It takes your heart away; it takes your spirit away. And something’s got to end.  Somebody has got to help us because there are people stranded here. My kids are stranded here.  Somebody from the outside has got to come and save us.”       --Bob Terry a local resident pleading to the United Nations for help in his testimony May 3, 2016 -- This afternoon Dawn Chapman, Karen Nickel, from Just Moms StL in St. Louis, Missouri, Lois Gibbs, Center for Health, Environment & Justice delivered a request on behalf of American families living in harm’s [...]

2604, 2016

FrackFree Mahoning Valley schedules April 26 media event

April 26th, 2016|Comments Off on FrackFree Mahoning Valley schedules April 26 media event

FrackFree Mahoning Valley schedules April 26 media event By BOB DOWNING Published: April 26, 2016 From a Monday press release: Frackfree Mahoning Valley (FMV) Will Hold A Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 1:15 PM Press Conference in Youngstown’s Mill Creek Park To React to Comments Made By Ohio Department of Natural Resources Officials Regarding Utica Shale Fracking, And To Present Recently Received Troubling Documents Regarding Spills in Mahoning County: Geology Professor, Dr. Ray Beiersdorfer and Concerned Citizens of Vienna and Mahoning County Will Speak Briefly To Provide Updated Local, Man-made Earthquake And Fracking Waste Injection Well Information, And To Answer Media [...]

3003, 2016

EPA Administrator Meets with Just Moms STL, Says She Will Investigate Relocation Option

March 30th, 2016|Comments Off on EPA Administrator Meets with Just Moms STL, Says She Will Investigate Relocation Option

EPA Administrator Meets with Just Moms STL, Says She Will Investigate Relocation Option   March 30, 2016 Immediate Release Karen Nickel 314- 229-4896 Dawn Chapman 314-566-9762 Karen Nickel and Dawn Chapman, Co-Founders of Just Moms STL met with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy this afternoon to discuss relocation of the families who live near the burning Bridgeton Superfund site. Both women explained the dire and urgent need for families to have the option to leave the area with their homes purchased. They stated that the fire is closer than anticipated and is frightening local families.  They are concerned about [...]

502, 2016

Worried Moms from Flint and St. Louis To Blast EPA

February 5th, 2016|Comments Off on Worried Moms from Flint and St. Louis To Blast EPA

  Contacts: Lois Gibbs 703-627-9483, lgibbs@chej.org, New Internal EPA Memo & Policy Stresses Public Health Worried Moms from Flint, Love Canal & St. Louis Decry Agency’s “Failure” “Kids are suffering from leaded water & threatened by toxic fires” WHAT:           Press conference featuring Missouri and Michigan moms WHEN:          Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) LOCATION:  National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045 and by phone:  Dial In:   641-715-3580  PIN:  808-997 WHO: Dawn Chapman, co-founder, Just Moms STL, Karen Nickel, co-founder, Just Moms STL, Melissa Mays, Water You Fight For (by phone from Flint, [...]

912, 2015

“Just Moms STL” activist group visits state offices, demand action on West Lake

December 9th, 2015|Comments Off on “Just Moms STL” activist group visits state offices, demand action on West Lake

“Just Moms STL” activist group visits state offices, demand action on West Lake “Be Superhero for Superfund” Local Group will urge Congressional Reps  Will give cupcakes, toot birthday horns to celebrate 35th anniversary of Superfund on Dec 11th WHAT: The St. Louis based activist group “Just Moms STL” will give cupcakes Congressman Clay, Congresswoman Wagner, Senator Blunt, and Senator McCaskill wearing birthday hats and tooting birthday horns.  They will also thank the representatives for the work they have done on the West Lake Landfill, including the recent introduction of a bi-partisan bill to move West Lake from EPA to Army Corp [...]

812, 2015

New Study Shows EPA Mismanaging Toxic Clean-Up

December 8th, 2015|Comments Off on New Study Shows EPA Mismanaging Toxic Clean-Up

It Also Shows More Sites are ID’d but Funding is Stagnant Fewer Clean-Ups are Being Started and Each One Takes Longer Groups say "Polluter Pay” Fee Must be Reinstated & Increased Love Canal Pioneer Says Some Sites are Still Waiting for Clean-Up More Than 25 Years Later URL to embargoed study:  http://chej.org/superfund35-resources This page is password protected. The password is: access2015   Study Embargoed Until:  Wed, Dec. 9, 2015 at 12:01am WHAT:  On a call-in news conference, a veteran activist known as the “Mother of the Superfund” will present a new study documenting failures of the once-highly-touted program and recommending substantial reforms including [...]

2608, 2015

Groups Threaten To Sue EPA Over Dangerous Fracking Waste Disposal

August 26th, 2015|Comments Off on Groups Threaten To Sue EPA Over Dangerous Fracking Waste Disposal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 26, 2015 Groups File Notice of Intent to Sue EPA Over Dangerous Drilling and Fracking Waste Call on Agency to Issue Rules for Handling and Disposal of Oil and Gas Waste WASHINGTON, D.C.  (August 26, 2015) – A coalition of environmental organizations filed a legal notice with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today demanding regulations to stop oil and gas companies from dumping drilling and fracking waste in ways that threaten public health and the environment. The groups filing today’s notice letter are the Environmental Integrity Project, Natural Resources Defense Council, Earthworks, Responsible Drilling Alliance, San [...]

2508, 2015

Veteran St. Louis Activist Threatens to Sue EPA

August 25th, 2015|Comments Off on Veteran St. Louis Activist Threatens to Sue EPA

Veteran St. Louis Activist Threatens to Sue EPA  Our group and others are filing a legal notice with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today demanding immediate action to stop oil and gas companies from dumping drilling and fracking waste in ways that threaten public health and the environment. We'll like file a federal lawsuit in 60 days. Statement of Laura Barrett of St. Louis, Executive Director, Center for Health, Environment and Justice "Our group, CHEJ, and others are filing a legal notice today with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency demanding immediate action to stop oil and gas companies from dumping [...]

3004, 2015

25 Organizations Petition EPA Fracking Waste Disposal Program

April 30th, 2015|Comments Off on 25 Organizations Petition EPA Fracking Waste Disposal Program

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release:  April 29, 2015 For additional information, contact Teresa Mills, Center for Health, Environment and Justice at: (614)-539-1471 TWENTY-FIVE OHIO CITIZEN GROUPS PETITION U.S. EPA FOR DRASTIC REFORM OF OHIO’S FRACKING WASTE DISPOSAL PROGRAM 75% of Ohio’s Disposal Wells for Fracking Waste are in Low-Income Appalachian Areas That Receive “Comically Inadequate” Public Participation Opportunities and No Meaningful Enforcement COLUMBUS:  A large coalition of Ohio environmental and community groups sent a detailed, fifteen page demand to U.S. EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice today documenting that Ohio’s program for approving “injection” wells that dispose of highly contaminated wastewater [...]

804, 2015

Board of Directors Announce Lois Gibbs Shifting Energy To Field

April 8th, 2015|Comments Off on Board of Directors Announce Lois Gibbs Shifting Energy To Field

The Board of Directors of the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) is pleased to s, our founder and Executive Director, has accepted the opportunity to shift the focus of her work to our newly created Leadership Training Academy program. To maintain our momentum in supporting community-based environmental health and justice work, we have begun the formal search for the next grassroots leader with excellent training and management skills and a vision of powerful action – our successor Executive Director. To support the Board in the search process, CHEJ has engaged Democracy Partners. Our process of outreach and selection [...]