Lynn Thorp - National Campaigns Director

Attacking the Clean Water Act is not a game

Taking apart the Clean Water Act is not a game

June 5, 2019

The Trump/Wheeler Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is dismantling critical parts of the Clean Water Act one by one. Cumulatively these are the most serious threat to our nation’s bedrock environmental law in its history. If even one of these administration proposals is finalized, the consequences would be dire. Taken together, the Clean Water Act as we know it could go away. Since the Trump administration is parceling out these assaults, it can be hard to see the full picture.

Protect our water from PFAS

The Least EPA Could Do on PFAS

February 14, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a plan that summarizes ongoing activity, affirms commitments the agency made in May 2018, and announces several new initiatives. The  “PFAS Action Plan” is an exhaustive review of what EPA is doing and commits to some new initiatives.

Given the urgency around PFAS chemicals it is still literally the least EPA can do.

You Call this Advancing Water Infrastructure? - A Rant on the Worst Infrastructure Week To Date

February 8, 2019

Yesterday I received what might be the most fantastical press release the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Public Engagement has released in a while. It said that EPA is advancing President Trump’s Infrastructure Agenda through investments in water infrastructure, which is interesting because there hasn’t been any news about a new infrastructure agenda or any new financing programs for water projects. 

EPA office building

A Disrespectful Nomination

January 9, 2019

Today’s business –as-usual announcement is jarring given the federal government budget impasse and partial shutdown. “Partial” hardly applies to the current situation as it pertains to EPA. Nearly 95% of EPA staff in the Washington, D.C. area and around the country are considered “non-essential” and are not working

David Zwick Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act

Celebrating the Clean Water Act and Remembering David Zwick

October 18, 2018

Forty-two years ago today, on October 18, 1972, the U.S. Congress passed the Clean Water Act. Clean Water Action was founded that same year to help push for final passage of the law and to work for ongoing clean water protections. 

photo: flickr.com/gambier20 (CC BY 2.0)

A lot going on

August 20, 2018

There is alot going on. But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Do-Nothing proposal around chemical leaks and spills into water deserves attention.

Chem tanks. Credit: raymondclarkeimages

Doing Something About EPA's Do-Nothing Plan

August 10, 2018

Imagine living near an industrial facility with aboveground storage tanks and not knowing what is in those tanks.  What if hazardous chemicals were stored in those tanks and that leaks or spills could contaminate a lake where you fish or swim, or a river that is also your drinking water source.  Wouldn’t you want to know that water in your community is protected?

Mississippi River in Minnesota, photo: istock

The Magna Carta of Environmental Laws is Under Attack

July 11, 2018

They call it the Magna Carta of environmental laws; the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is the foundation for landmark health and environmental protections like the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act. NEPA is what gives any person or community group a voice on projects that can impact our health and well-being. It's what requires governments and developers to slow down and consider public concerns.

Water from a facuet: Photo credit:  nikkytok / Shutterstock

The Infrastructure Plan: Putting Drinking Water Last

February 14, 2018

The Trump administration’s “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America” is the farthest thing from putting drinking water first. Case in point – rolling back one of the fundamental parts of the Clean Water Act that drove the statutory vision of “zero discharge” of pollutants into our nation’s waters.

Graphic: Emily Scott

This won't stop unless we stop it

May 31, 2017

It's been a busy four months.