Get Toxic Chemicals Bill Right

As a parent and an advocate, I am very concerned about toxic chemicals in our homes and workplaces. I am tired of hearing about the barrage of chemicals that we are unwillingly exposed to on a daily basis. I am especially concerned to know about the links between exposure to toxic chemicals and a variety of health problems such as cancer, hormone disruption and harm to the developing brain. Many of these chemicals are persistent, meaning they stay in our bodies and the environment.

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Connecticut a leader in microbead phase-out, cleaner environment

During its special session June 29, the Connecticut legislature passed a number of items as budget implementers. Two of these are of particular importance to our environment and the health of our citizens - a strong law banning plastic microbeads used in cosmetics and personal care products, and enhanced notification prior to a pesticide application on school grounds, along with restrictions on the use of pesticides on municipal playgrounds.

Microbeads, or polyethylene microspheres, are tiny beads of plastic that are used as abrasives in over 100 personal care products such as toothpaste and face scrubs. Sizes range from one millimeter to as small as a blood cell. A single product may contain as many as 350,000 plastic microbeads.

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Clean Water Action Applauds President's Keystone XL Decision

Today the President rejected the Keystone XL pipeline proposal. Clean Water Action National Oil & Gas Campaigns Coordinator John Noel released this statement:

"Today the Obama Administration stood with landowners, farmers, and Native American communities to protect our water and the people in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline. There is no upside, no "national interest" to a pipeline that carries the dirtiest oil on the planet through the nation's heartland; there is only the risk of catastrophe - to our ground and surface water from an inevitable spill and to the climate from increased carbon pollution. As the Environmental Protection Agency noted in its review, the Keystone XL would significantly increase emissions from tar sands. It fails the President's 'climate change test.'

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11/06/2015 - 11:43

The Dirty Water Act Fails

Today the Senate failed to advance S 1140, a bill that would have blocked the Clean Water Rule and forced the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to restart the rulemaking process. The Clean Water Rule finalized by the Agencies earlier this year restored important protections against pollution and destruction for streams, lakes, wetlands and other vital water resources.

Bob Wendelgass, President and CEO of Clean Water Action, released this statement:

"The millions of Americans who care about commonsense clean water protections won today. Thanks to clean water champs in the Senate, the Dirty Water Act failed to move forward. This is a huge victory for our water and communities across the country. 

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11/03/2015 - 12:11

Senators: Oppose S.J. Res. 2s (November 2015)

American Rivers • American Whitewater • Amigos de los Ríos • California River Watch • Californians for Alternatives to Toxics • Clean Water Action • Conodoguinet Creek Watershed Assn • Earthjustice • Endangered Habitats League • Greenpeace • Gulf Restoration Network • League of Conservation Voters•  Maryland Conservation Council • Midwest Environmental Advocates • Missouri Coalition for the Environment • Natural Resources Defense Council • Ohio Wetlands Association • Prairie Rivers Network • Sierra Club • Southern Environmental Law Center • Surfrider Foundation • Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Inc. • WESPAC Foundation

November 2, 2015 (Download this letter here)


The undersigned organizations, and our millions of members and supporters, oppose the Dirty Water Resolution (S.J. Res. 22). The “Resolution of Disapproval” under the Congressional Review Act attacks the Clean Water Rule, the Obama administration’s landmark initiative to restore safeguards against pollution and destruction for lakes, streams, wetlands and other water bodies.

The Clean Water Rule restores important safeguards that once existed for a variety of water bodies. Those safeguards were eroded after a pair of Supreme Court decisions and by policies the Bush administration adopted, which left many water bodies inadequately protected or lacking the pollution control requirements of the Clean Water Act. The rule restores prior protections for many critical wetlands, which curb flooding, filter pollution, and provide habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including endangered species and wildfowl and fish prized by hunters and anglers.

The Hockey Stick and The Climate Wars

Michael Mann - Nov 9, 7pm
Join Clean Water Action, Sierra Club, the Community College of Philadelphia's Coalition for a Sustainable Future and co-sponsors for a free event in the Bonnell auditorium, 17th & Spring Garden.

Letter to the Senate: Reject SB 1140

Alliance for the Great Lakes · American Canoe Association · American Rivers · BlueGreen Alliance · Bluestem Communications · California River Watch · Central Ohio Watershed Council · Clean Water Action · Clean Up the River Environment · Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation · Defenders of Wildlife · Earthjustice · Endangered Habitats League · Environment America · Florida Wildlife Federation · GreenLatinos · Greenpeace · Gulf Restoration Network · Illinois Council of Trout Unlimited · Kentucky Waterways Alliance · Lake Champlain International ·League of Conservation Voters · Massachusetts Rivers Alliance · National Parks Conservation Association · Natural Resources Defense Council · Nature Coast Conservation · N

Statement: U.S. EPA SAB Panel Review of the Draft of Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water

Clean Water Action Statement
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Public Meeting for SAB Panel Review of the Draft Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources
October 28, 2015

EPA to Propose Rule Requiring Hundreds of Natural Gas Processing Plants to Start Reporting Toxic Pollution

Victory for Groups that Sued EPA to Require the Oil and Gas Extraction Industry to Report to the Federal Toxics Release Inventory

Washington, D.C. – In response to a petition and lawsuit by environmental and open government organizations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose regulations requiring natural gas processing plants to start reporting the toxic chemicals they release.

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10/28/2015 - 16:06

Be a Clean Water Voter on November 3rd!

vote button with stars and stripesThis Tuesday, November 3rd, is Election Day and the entire New Jersey State Assembly is on the ballot. We need clean water voters like you to get out and vote!

Find your polling location here and go vote!

New Jersey is at a crossroads. Our economic recovery and our recovery from Sandy has been slower than neighboring states. Fortunately we know the answer - protecting our environment and creating a green economy.

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