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Everyone has The Right To Breathe clean air. Watch a video featuring Earthjustice Attorney Jim Pew and two Pennsylvanians—Marti Blake and Martin Garrigan—who know firsthand what it means to live in the shadow of a coal plant's smokestack, breathing in daily lungfuls of toxic air for more than two decades.

Coal Ash Contaminates Our Lives. Coal ash is the hazardous waste that remains after coal is burned. Dumped into unlined ponds or mines, the toxins readily leach into drinking water supplies. Watch the video above and take action to support federally enforceable safeguards for coal ash disposal.


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26 June 2009, 3:49 PM
San Francisco approves nation's strongest composting/recycling plan

On Tuesday the board of Supervisors in San Francisco approved the first and only mandatory composting and recycling law in the country. While recycling is mandatory in some other states, composting is not.

The aggressive policy is aimed to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions—particularly methane, which is more than 20 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide—and to eliminate transport of these recyclables and compostables to landfills and incinerators by 2020. San Francisco already diverts 72 percent of its 2.1 million tons of annual waste away from landfills. City officials claim that if the recyclables and compostables that do go to landfills are diverted, as much as 90 percent of San Francisco's waste will stay out of landfills and incinerators.