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Get Together for a Clean Energy Future - Legislative Session Updates

Shared solar

Solar power is booming in Connecticut, at least for the estimated 20% who own homes with unshaded south-facing roofs. What about the rest of us?

In states including neighboring Massachusetts, shared clean energy laws allow anyone to share in ownership of a clean energy facility and receive full credit on their utility bill for their portion of the clean energy produced. Clean Water Action worked with solar advocates to advance legislation to bring this smart policy to Connecticut. Community clean energy leaders helped rally more than 25 articulate citizens to testify and submit testimony in support.

We Must Invest in Michigan - Sign the Petition!

Broken Storm DrainBudget choices being made in Lansing have put Michigan’s future at risk. For over a decade, our state legislature has cut critical funding to our kids, communities, and Great Lakes. Help us stop that - sign the Michigan Priorities petition today!
  • Just ten years ago, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) employed 320 more full time staff to protect our precious natural resources than they do today.

2014 Legislative Session Update

The 2014 legislative session is into its last few weeks. We have been busy making sure that our elected officials are focusing on protecting Maryland’s drinking water, safeguarding our communities from toxic pollution and emissions, and  conserving our natural resources. Below is a quick update on our progress so far.

Defending Maryland’s Groundbreaking Polluted Runoff Legislation
In coalition with partners and colleagues we have been able to defeat every piece of legislation attempting to amend, delay or overturn the Watershed Protection and Restoration Act (HB 987) passed in 2012.  The Act required that Maryland’s ten largest jurisdictions pass legislation to generate local funds to implement their 5‐year stormwater permits. So far we have been successful defeating some 20 introduced bills. CWA testified before and lobbied legislators, delivering over a thousand letters and hundreds of calls, telling elected officials in Annapolis “don’t play politics with our drinking water.” However, were not through session yet and there are hints that opponents might make one last effort to roll back legislation, so please take action now! See CWA’s testimony in support of the legislation.

Canvass Director and Assistant Canvass Director Positions Now Available

Clean Water Action is the nation’s largest grassroots group focused on water, energy and environmental health.  Clean Water Action’s 1 million members participate in Clean Water Action’s programs for clean, water, prevention of health-threatening pollution, and creation of environmentally-safe jobs and businesses.  Clean Water Action’s nonpartisan campaigns empower people to make democracy work.

Proposed federal EPA rule would protect streams, wetlands

Thousands of miles of headwater streams and wetlands acreage in Pennsylvania and many more across the nation would have pollution and encroachment protections restored under a new Clean Water Act rule the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed Tuesday.

The rule would cover most wetlands, smaller headwater streams, and intermittent and ephemeral streams that flow only briefly following rainfalls, imposing stricter federal pollution controls.

Outlined in a 371-page document, the proposed rule aims to clear up a dozen years of regulatory confusion created by two complex U.S. Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 and directives issued by the George W. Bush administration that limited Clean Water Act jurisdiction and enforcement.
Published Date: 
03/25/2014

Protect Kids from Toxic Chemicals - Take Action

We need your help to protect kids from toxic chemicals!  You can help make sure our bill to identify chemicals of concern to children passes this session. Please call and email your legislators today!

Take action now!

We're running out of time to pass this vital bill. The Chemical and Toy industries spent a lot of money to oppose a common sense bill to identify chemicals of concern to children and a similar bill died in the House. The good news is that Senate Bill 126 can still move forward and become law – but only if both your legislators hear from you – even if you’ve contacted them before – send a message now!

The Biggest News in Water in More Than a Decade

#ProtectCleanWaterThe Obama Administration’s announcement of a proposed rule to protect most streeams and wetlands is a huge step forward, and Clean Water Action is ready to make sure everyone hears about it. You can be sure our members, and anyone who cares about putting drinking water first, are ready to join us. Because, like Bob, our CEO says, “It’s about time” – we’ve been fighting to put the Clean Water Act back together since the Bush Administration “broke” it in 2001.

Let the Obama Administration know you support the proposal to #ProtectCleanWater

Get Diesel Out of Oil and Gas Drilling - Take Action

frack operations - smaller.JPGOn February 11, 2014 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published final Permitting Guidance for Hydraulic Fracturing Oil and Gas Activities Using Diesel.  Clean Water Action has worked to ensure that the processes are in place to implement the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) where diesel is used in hydraulic fracturing oil and gas drilling, and this was a positive step.  We’re now urging EPA to move forward with a formal rulemaking process to make sure that proper permits can be issued in all states under SDWA’s Underground Injection Control Program, which is designed to protect underground sources of drinking water.

Click here to send a message to EPA today!

Tackling Toxic Diesel in Oil and Gas Drilling

This February, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took long-overdue steps to regulate toxic diesel used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking), issuing its first Permitting Guidance to protect underground drinking water sources from the practice. EPA’s action follows a year-long campaign by Clean Water Action and allies that featured more than 10,000 comments to the agency from Clean Water Action members.

In a special deal for the energy industry, Congress exempted hydraulic fracturing (fracking) from Safe Drinking Water Act protections in 2005. But even then lawmakers recognized that diesel used in fracking poses special risks to drinking water sources and made that one aspect of fracking subject to the law’s Underground Injection Control Program (UIC).

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