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.

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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.
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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.
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Clean Water Action, the American Sustainable Business Council and Elected Officials to Highlight Actions to Protect Clean Water

“Thousands of Maryland letters and postcards and new business poll show massive public and small business support for EPA and Corps clean water rule”

July 24th Baltimore, MD. Clean Water Action and the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) highlighted the massive public and small business support for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) proposal to protect clean water. The support is in the form of thousands of letters and postcards from Marylanders and a national ASBC poll that shows 80% of small business owners supporting of the Administration’s proposal.
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07/24/2014 - 07:44

Protecting Providence's Drinking Water

City Council Passes Resolution in Support of EPA Proposal to Protect Clean Water; Mayor Taveras Endorses Effort to Maintain Integrity of Clean Water Act

Providence – Last week, the Providence City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to clarify which small streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act. Clean Water Action applauds the Council and thanks Councilman Seth Yurdin for introducing the resolution (read the resolution here).

“We need more leaders like Councilman Seth Yurdin and his fellow city council members. EPA’s proposed standards are strong, commonsense, and put drinking water first,” said Jamie Rhodes, Rhode Island director for Clean Water Action, “This resolution shows that, despite what we are hearing out of Congress, there are elected officials who are willing to stand with their constituents instead of the deep pocketed polluters.”

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07/22/2014 - 11:32

US Senator Mark Udall Joins Celebration of Clean Water

Boulder - On Saturday, July 12, US Senator Mark Udall attended a "Celebration of Clean Water" hosted by Clean Water Fund, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, the Colorado Renewable Energy Society and the American Sustainable Business Council.

The event, which was held at Celestial Seasonings in Boulder featured Bill Midcap of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Roger Alexander of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society, and Sara Lu of Clean Water Fund.

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07/15/2014 - 15:53
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