NRDC Golden State Newsletter January 2015, Vol 1, Issue 82
NRDC's Annie Notthoff, Joel Reynolds

2015 is off to a dynamic start with Governor Brown's commitment to an ambitious climate agenda in his State of the State address. NRDC's new president Rhea Suh was here in California this month, meeting with our San Francisco and northern California Trustees and friends. She made it abundantly clear she's focused on delivering results with NRDC's staff, board and supporters -- current and new -- in this time of challenge and opportunity in the environmental movement.

In national news long-time environmental heroine California Senator Barbara Boxer announced that she will not seek re-election in a charming interview with her grandson Zach Rodham. Senator Boxer has been a fierce champion of public health and our environment in all of her years of service on Capitol Hill in both the House and the Senate. We thank her for her outstanding record and look forward to her continued leadership in Congress and beyond.


Annie Notthoff, California Advocacy Director
Joel Reynolds, Western Director

Protect our Children, EPA! NRDC Sues Agency to Ban Toxic Flea Collars and Pet Products

flea collar

On January 5, NRDC filed a lawsuit in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals against the Environmental Protection Agency challenging the agency's decision to allow the continued use of a highly toxic pesticide called tetrachlovinphos (TCVP) in flea control products used on pets. Due to concerns that pesticides like TCVP can harm children's brains and nervous systems, the agency has already restricted household use of TCVP's chemical cousins in the class of pesticides called organophosphates. But the EPA continues to allow neurotoxic TCVP to be used in flea collars for dogs and cats, which puts kids at risk. NRDC's lawsuit follows the EPA's recent denial of NRDC's 2009 petition seeking to cancel all pet uses of TCVP because of the health risks to children.

Landmark Antibiotic-Free Poultry Standard for LA Schools

school lunches

The Urban School Food Alliance -- a coalition of the largest school districts in the United States and a partner of NRDC -- recently took landmark action by announcing an antibiotic-free standard that companies must follow when supplying chicken products to its schools. And we're pleased to announce the second-largest school district in the country, Los Angeles Unified, took a significant step when the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles reaffirmed its commitment to the Good Food Purchasing Policy. 2014 was a banner year for demanding more responsible use of antibiotics in the meat industry and more antibiotic-free meat and poultry options in our grocery stores, restaurants, and schools. In the year ahead, NRDC will continue calling on food suppliers to adopt stewardship practices in their operations and supply chains.

California's Historic Cap-and-Trade Expands to Cover Transportation Fuels

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On January 1, fuel providers were added to other major pollution sources under California's cap-and-trade program to limit carbon pollution. The program is a key component of California's landmark clean energy law, the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), which requires the state to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Not surprisingly, the oil industry fought against its obligation to reduce its carbon pollution (through a dizzying array of "astroturf" allies), just as it fought against other pollution standards like phasing out leaded gasoline. Though Big Oil tried to spread rhetoric about a "hidden gas tax," the truth is far more positive: AB 32 is already cutting carbon emissions and will reduce fuel bills for Californians, improve public health, and create jobs in communities that need them most.

Protecting the San Francisco Bay-Delta: Attorney Protects California's Water Future

KPoole climate ride

Kate Poole's first job out of the University of Michigan was "out West," where she worked to help sustain a struggling peregrine population. Since arriving at NRDC in 2004, Kate has been dedicated to protecting the special places and attributes that define the West, including directing litigation efforts to restore the San Joaquin River. Just this month Kate and NRDC took steps to intervene in Supreme Court litigation efforts to defend the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's biological opinion protecting Delta smelt under the Endangered Species Act. A U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision sided with NRDC, Earthjustice, the Bay Institute, and the federal government.

"I can't wait to show my children a San Joaquin River that runs red with salmon, a California where every backyard has a rain barrel and every bathroom has an ultra-low flow toilet, a Bay-Delta teeming with native fish and wildlife, and a Central Valley that rewards farmers for pursuing drought-tolerant farming practices and installing efficient irrigation technology," says Kate.

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