Harrisburg, PA – The PA Environmental Quality Board (EQB) voted today to update state water quality standards at a meeting at the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) offices in Harrisburg. The EQB once again failed to include a standard for levels of salt in Pennsylvania rivers, which environmental groups had urged them to include.
15 environmental and community organizations wrote to the PA Environmental Quality Board (EQB) urging action to restore proposed standards to protect Pennsylvania rivers. While DEP had proposed a standard for salts (chlorides) in their draft proposal in 2012, the standard was completely removed by DEP in the final version sent to EQB.
Mystery, questions and concerns continue to surround Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) policies for testing water that has been suspected of being impacted by Marcellus Shale natural gas operations. These issues were originally brought to light when it was revealed that DEP doesn’t report full test results to residents, depriving them of critical health and safety information. People have a right to know ALL the results whether good or bad. Let the state know that you want them to release all water testing results from gas drilling investigations!
The regulators are not doing their job again. And - together - we must do something about it.The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) has the job of protecting the Susquehanna. Clean Water Action needs your support in a vital campaign to get the Susquehanna State Governors (Corbett, Cuomo, O'Malley) to protect the Susquehanna from the negative effects of Fracking. The SRBC, which is run by Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, and the Federal Government, is supposed to be the chief protector of the Susquehanna River.
Combating air pollution in Allegheny County, organizing with residents in the municipalities across the Ohio River to reduce the pollution coming from Neville Island and ensure that industry is being a "good neighbor is just some of our work to make air cleaner in Allegheny County.Find out more at the Bucket Bridgade.