No More Free Pass to Pollute: The Environmental Protection Agency Protects Drinking Water & Communities from Toxic Power Plants

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the first-ever national pollution limits to control the amount of heavy metals, nutrients and other pollutants steam electric power plants can discharge into our nation’s rivers, lakes, streams and bays.  Existing Clean Water Act standards for power plants were last updated in 1982 and did not require these facilities to remove toxic metals and other pollutants of concern from wastewater discharges.  These new pollution controls are necessary because power plant wastewater discharges have contaminated more than 23,000 miles of rivers and streams with dangerous pollutants and exposure to these pollutants threatens public health. These landmark limits will prevent 1.4 billion pounds of toxic pollutants from being discharged into U.S. water resources every year, including drinking water sources.

In response to EPA’s action, Clean Water Action Water Programs Director Jennifer Peters released the following statement:

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09/30/2015 - 10:40

Putting Drinking Water First

“Act as if drinking water matters.”  This approach has always been at the core of Clean Water Action’s programs.  Polls show that people consider drinking water the most important public health and environmental issue, but environmental policies don’t always reflect this.

Most water pollution is caused by human activities. Growing food, producing energy for electricity and transportation, making products and building communities — all are activities that impact water.

Oppose the RAPID Act of 2015

September 17, 2015

Dear Representative,

 On behalf of our millions of members and activists, we are writing to urge you to oppose H.R. 348, the misleadingly named “Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development Act of 2015.” Instead of improving the permitting process, the bill will severely undermine the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and, consequently, the quality and integrity of federal agency decisions.

Download the full letter here.

Colorado Director

Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund are seeking a full-time State Director to oversee our programs in Colorado. Clean Water Action (CWA) is a national citizens’ organization working for clean, safe, affordable water, prevention of health threatening pollution, creation of environmentally safe jobs and businesses, and empowerment of people to make democracy work. Clean Water Action has over one million members in 18 states and the District of Columbia, and over 65,000 members in Colorado. Clean Water Fund (CWF) is a national research and education organization which promotes the public interest on issues relating to water, waste and toxics.


Regulators in California's Central Valley are Allowing the Oil Industry to Pollute Groundwater

Andrew Grinberg (CWA) 415-298-8314
Oscar Espino-Padron (Earthjustice) 415-217-2000

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08/28/2015 - 16:08

ReThink Disposable Internship

Clean Water Action is a national citizens' organization working for clean, safe and affordable water, prevention of health-threatening pollution, creation of environmentally - safe jobs and businesses, and empowerment of people to make democracy work. For over 40 years, Clean Water has succeeded in winning some of the nation's most important environmental protections through grassroots organizing, expert policy research, and political advocacy focused on holding elected officials accountable to the public. Clean Water Fund organizes strong grassroots groups, coalitions and campaigns to protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life.

NJ Legislature still flunking Environment 101 two years later

Clean Water Action scorecard reveals core safeguards even more at risk
14 legislators named heroes join call for immediate corrective action

TRENTON,  NJ - Flanked by legislators just named "environmental heroes", Clean Water Action released a comprehensive scorecard today that praised their work, found a majority of the State Senate and Assembly failing as much as they were when last evaluated 2 years ago, and joined their heroes in calling for immediate corrective action. Click here for quotes from the 14 heroes.

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08/19/2015 - 12:38

Clean Water Action Applauds New Methane Pollution Standard

New standard will help safeguard public health, mitigate climate change, and reduce waste

Washington, D.C. - The Obama Administration today introduced the first-ever methane pollution standards for new and modified oil and gas facilities. This landmark proposal will blunt the growth of methane and smog-forming pollution produced by the industry. The new standards, when finalized, will help to safeguard public health and put the United States closer to meeting the Administration’s goal of reducing oil and gas methane emissions by 40 to 45 percent by 2025.

John Noël, National Oil & Gas Campaigns Coordinator issued the following statement in response to today's announcement:

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08/18/2015 - 08:46

Maryland Program Coordinator

Clean Water Action is hiring a Program Coordinator to develop and implement the organization’s legislative, electoral and policy work in Maryland. We are seeking an energetic and experienced candidate with a policy and advocacy background. Our current campaigns cover a broad set of issues including enforcement of existing environmental laws, reducing urban stormwater pollution, stricter pesticide regulation, and environmental justice. Clean Water Action is a national citizens’ organization with 1 million members nationally, including 165,000 in the Chesapeake region, working for clean, safe, affordable water, prevention of health threatening pollution, creation of environmentally safe jobs and businesses, and empowerment of people to make democracy work.
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