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Garbage Arguments: Battle Over Transfer Station Underscores City Trash Dilemma

While residents of the Upper East Side continue to fight the opening of a rebuilt Marine Transfer Station that would handle some of the island's waste, the true cost of New York City's trash output steadily grows.

No matter your view of the transfer station, though, one thing is clear: New York City's day-to-day approach to trash-shipping most of it elsewhere-is not fundamentally sustainable.

Kim Gaddy, a Newark resident and community organizer with Clean Water Action, described being on the receiving end of Manhattan's garbage as "a nightmare." "We have been fighting the Covanta [the plant's operators] facility for 20 years," she said.

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08/04/2014

Trucking Executives Discuss Improving Port Newark

Carlos Pinos drives a tractor trailer, picking up and delivering containers full of cargo that arrive by ship at Port Newark. Even on good days, he says the truckers sit in line, diesel rigs idling, waiting to get through the gates and into the container port for pickup.

"You cannot go out, you cannot do anything. You just have to wait there,” he said.

On bad days, Carlos says the line of trucks can stretch for miles.

“And all of this is gonna be full of trucks — all this. … All the way down,” he said.

Pinos doesn’t get paid by the hour, he gets paid by the load. Sitting in traffic all day, his pay suffers.

Published Date: 
07/15/2014

We Need to Put Drinking Water First: Toledo Drinking Water Crisis Shows We’re Not Doing Enough

Over the weekend, 400,000 people in the Toledo, Ohio area were told that they should not use their tap water. While the ban on water use has been lifted as of this morning, this massive disruption is further proof that we are not doing enough to put drinking water first. In fact, not only are Congress and our state legislatures not doing enough, many elected officials are actively interfering in efforts protect clean water. Clean Water Action’s National Campaigns Director Lynn Thorp released this statement and the following set of policy recommendations:

“What happened in Toledo over the weekend is hardly surprising. It fits the pattern that we see time and time again – because we refuse to protect clean water upstream, we rely on our Public Water Systems to solve preventable pollution problems.

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08/04/2014 - 12:48

Congressional Investigative Report Urges EPA to Improve Oversight of the UIC Program

WASHINGTON, DC – This week the Government Accountability Office released DRINKING WATER: EPA Program to Protect Underground Sources from Injection of Fluids Associated with Oil and Gas Production Needs Improvement, the results of its two year investigation into the Environmental Protect Agency’s (EPA) Underground Injection Control (UIC) program.  Clean Water Action welcomes this much needed investigation into oversight challenges in the UIC program and calls on EPA to implement the recommendations detailed within the report (view the report here). 

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07/31/2014 - 13:35

Join Us for a #StopFrackWaste Twitter Storm!

thunderclap stop frack wasteCare about drinking water and the Jersey Shore? Then join hundreds of other New Jerseyans in a #StopFrackWaste Twitter Storm!

We will be encouraging Gov. Christie to sign a bill (S1041) to stop the dumping of toxic fracking waste in NJ's waters. He has until August 11 to sign it into law, but he hasn't yet and time is running out! Here's how you can help:

Frosh Victory Promises Better Protection for Environment and Health

“Other wins include many legislative challengers and open seats”

Baltimore, MD – Candidates backed by the environmental group Clean Water Action won big in Tuesday’s primary elections, with 66 of 75 endorsed candidates coming out on top.

“Brian Frosh’s win for Attorney General was especially important,” said Clean Water Action’s Andy Galli. Galli says his organization’s members – more than 98,000 in Maryland – and person-to-person grassroots campaigning were big factors in Frosh’s contest and in other races where environmental and health concerns helped boost turnout for the endorsed candidates.

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07/01/2014 - 12:49

Mikulski must stand up for clean water

This spring, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took some long-overdue steps to fix the Clean Water Act, ending confusion over which streams and wetlands are protected by the law. Loopholes in the law created over the past decade have left more the half the stream miles in the U.S. and drinking water sources for 100% of Baltimore City residents at risk from pollution and development.

Polluters and their allies in Congress are fighting tooth and nail to block EPA from taking this common sense step to protect clean water. In the U.S. House and Senate, they’re throwing a series of “dirty water” amendments and riders into the budget and appropriations process, hoping to sneak something through.

Published Date: 
06/22/2014

Support for the U.S. Forest Service Proposed Groundwater Directive

American Canoe Association - American Forests - American Rivers - Clean Water Action - International Fly Fishers Federation - Izaak Walton League of America - Natural Resources Defense Council - New Mexico Wilderness Alliance -River Network - Sierra Club - The Wilderness Society - WildEarth Guardians

July 21, 2014

The Honorable Thomas Vilsack
Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue
SW Washington, DC 20250

The Honorable Thomas Tidwell
Chief, U.S. Forest Service
Yates Building, 5th Floor, NW Wing
201 14th St, SW
Washington, DC 20250

RE: Support for the U.S. Forest Service Proposed Groundwater Directive

Letters to the Editor: More work on gas leaks needed to end cost to consumers, climate

New legislation on gas leak repair is a welcome shift for communities like Springfield, Gloucester, Fitchburg and Somerset, which have experienced tragic explosion from our state's aging and oft-obscured pipeline distribution infrastructure. Yet while this new law is progress for public safety, we cannot consider it the ultimate solution when thousands of lower-grade leaks will remain unrepaired, leaking money from our pocketbooks and methane into our atmosphere.
Published Date: 
07/09/2014

Gas-leak bill becomes law

With stroke of the pen inside Springfield’s City Hall Monday, Gov. Deval Patrick established a requirement that utility companies fix and closely monitor what state Rep. Lori Ehrlich, D-Marblehead, and others have long urged is an epidemic of leaky gas pipes, which pose a statewide public-safety hazard.

    Under the law, Grade 1 leaks, those determined to pose an immediate danger, will now be fixed without delay. Grade 2 are to be repaired within the next 12 months and Grade 3 pipes will undergo “re-evaulation,” according to the Patrick administration.
Published Date: 
07/10/2014
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