Action Wednesday, Aug 9th. Join us if you can.
Green Delaware continues "Corporate Responsibility" campaign Wed. August 9th
Please note the following. Join us if you
can. If not, please call MBNA, 1.800.362.6255. Please also
call the Wilmington News ("Stooge") Journal, (Jean Buchanan, City
Editor, 302.324.2882, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ask them to cover the event. We expect
NEWS RELEASE from Green Delaware August 8, 2000
Credit card giant MBNA helps pollute it's Wilmington Delaware backyard.
Aug. 9, at 1200, Green Delaware will ask MBNA employees in Wilmington
MBNA called upon to "be a good citizen" and support legislation to outlaw raw sewage dumping by Jan 1, 2008.
Outside Wilmington Delaware is a big billboard
saying "Welcome to Wilmington, international headquarters of MBNA."
Not said is that the bathrooms in MBNA's fancy new Wilmington buildings
flush directly into Wilmington's antique sewer system, in which rainwater
and toilet flushing goes into the same pipes. Whenever it rains,
these pipes overflow directly into the Brandywine and Christina Rivers
through 38 "Combined Sewer Overflows." These polluted rivers are
used for fishing, wading, swimming, and boating by City residents.
Green Delaware and many state legislators feel the City government is not
serious about ending this problem. According to the City plan, 11
of the 38 overflows would be partially cleaned up after 19 years, and 27
would remain. (Last week, Mayor Jim Sills claimed that "not enough
sewage goes into the rivers to cause health problems." Tom Noyes,
assistant to Sills, had no comment for
State legislation to get rid of the sewer overflows by 2008 has broad support. The key part of the bill requires that the overflows be eliminated, not just reduced.
Green Delaware is asking Wilmington's corporations to use their enormous influence to help get this bill passed when the state legislature re-convenes in January. In the meanwhile, Green Delaware asks MBNA to put in portable toilets for employee use during rainy weather. MBNA's environmental behavior in Delaware, and in Maine, has been widely criticized. Many organizations, including the Sierra Club, the American College of Physicians, and the National Resources Defense Council, have received money for sponsoring MBNA credit cards
Alan Muller, Executive Director of Green Delaware, commented: "We ask MBNA to be a responsible corporate citizen by getting its raw sewage our of our rivers." .
One Wednesday, August 9, Green Delaware supporters will hand out flyers in front of the MBNA building on Rodney Square, asking MBNA's 2429 Wilmington employees to please avoid using MBNA bathrooms when it's raining, even if it's just raining a little.
Those unable to be in Wilmington are asked to contact MBNA (1.800.362.6255).
For more information on Green Delaware's corporate responsibility campaign contact: Alan Muller 302.834.3466
Look for more details in upcoming Green Delaware News. (C) Alan Muller
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