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State Proposes Settlement with Drilling Wastewater Plant

--Action follows filing of federal case by Clean Water Action--

(Pittsburgh) – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) publicly released a proposed consent decree with Waste Treatment Corporation of Warren, PA over the weekend.  This proposed settlement by the state came approximately one month after Clean Water Action had filed a federal suit against Waste Treatment Corp. for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act.

Clean Water Action’s suit charged that Waste Treatment Corp. was illegally discharging up to 200,000 gallons per day of gas drilling wastewater into the Allegheny River in Warren, PA.  DEP’s proposed consent decree clearly states that Waste Treatment Corp. is harming the water quality and aquatic life of the Allegheny.

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11/26/2013 - 12:12

Report: Hazardous Air Toxic Levels Raise Southwestern PA To Top of Nation’s Worst

PITTSBURGH, Pa., – The Center for Healthy Environments and Communities (CHEC) at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health recently released the of its Pittsburgh Regional Environmental Threats Analysis (PRETA), which seeks to educate about environmental quality and human health risks of significance to the southwestern Pennsylvania community.
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11/22/2013 - 10:10

Your Xeriscape Headquarters

Welcome to the Clean Water's Xeriscape Headquarters for Texas

Please use the resources on this site to transform your yard and your community’s landscape to protect our water resources.

Xeriscaping: About the term

“Xeriscape” simply means landscaping with plants that do well in the local climate without requiring much, if any, additional water beyond normal rainfall. This can encompass a wide variety of plant options. It is important to note that xeriscaping does NOT mean landscaping with rocks and cacti alone.

Lawsuit Filed Against Drilling Wastewater Plant

Clean Water Action Files in Federal Court to Stop Illegal Discharges of Drilling Wastewater at Treatment Plant in Warren, PA


(Pittsburgh) – Clean Water Action filed a suit today in federal court against Waste Treatment Corporation (WTC) for their illegal discharge of gas drilling wastewater into the Allegheny River in Warren, PA. “We cannot allow our rivers and drinking water supplies to continue to be contaminated,” stated Myron Arnowitt, PA State Director for Clean Water Action.

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10/28/2013 - 14:00

2014 Eastern Pennsylvania Celebration

Boat House Row.jpgPlease join us at The Fairmount Rowing Association boathouse for our annual fundraising event to support Clean Water Fund's work to protect our water, our health and our future.

Get your tickets or learn more about sponsorship here!

This year we will have many wonderful items for auction (more soon!)

Green Event Guidelines

What is a Green Event? 

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A Green Event seeks to minimize its impact on the environment and host community by incorporating core principles of resource conservation. These principles range from providing recycling to bike racks to procuring renewable energy and reusable materials. At each step a Green Event adds value for guests and helps improve the quality of life in the host community. 

Thanks for taking the first step in planning a Green Event! 

Click Here For a Printable Version of the Green Event Guidelines

Click Here for a List of Green Vendor Services 

Polluting Power Plants in Pennsylvania

There are 28 power plants in Pennsylvania and they dump millions of pounds of pollution* into our water every year. Click on the icons on the map to learn more about the power plant in your community.

Help us stop this toxic mess. Click here to tell EPA to end Power Plant Water Pollution

EPA: Get It Done

Protect Michigan's Water from Toxic Dumping!

EPA: Get It DoneFor too long, the coal industry has polluted our precious Great Lakes and waterways. As stewards of 1/5 of the world’s fresh water, we can’t afford to allow coal plants to continue toxic chemical dumping.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed long-overdue power plant pollution standards to limit the amount of toxic metals and other chemicals that can be dumped in our water. Unfortunately the coal industry is already trying to block them.

Tell the President to require Michigan power plants to clean up their pollution, our Great Lakes way of life depends on it - send a comment today! 

Colorado Currents | Winter 2013

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2013 Winter/Legislative Session Edition

Oil and Gas Drilling and Fracking

Clean Water Action has worked with local groups around the state to raise awareness of water dangers and other risks posed by oil and gas drilling and fracking. Together with local “fractivists” and municipalities, Clean Water Action helped win new fracking regulations and local moratorium measures, including those in Fort Collins and Boulder County. The Fort Collins moratorium is in effect through July 2013. The Boulder County moratorium expires this February, but will likely be extended to give the county time to update and strengthen its recently adopted fracking regulations. Helping additional communities exercise their rights for local control of drilling and fracking operations is a priority for the coming year.

“Setback” rules determining the distance allowed between drill sites and structures such as homes and schools were also hotly debated. Current state law allows drilling and fracking as close 350 feet in densely populated areas and 150 feet in rural areas. A state “setbacks stakeholder” group is recommending new drill site setback standards.

Communities along the Front Range are concerned about current standards and are looking to scientific studies to guide setbacks rulemaking. Clean Water Action supports a 2,000-foot minimum drill site setback in Colorado. Read more

Check out these upcoming events

Love Minnesota’s children? Help protect their health from toxic chemicals in toys, shampoo and other products. Join Clean Water Action and the Healthy Legacy Coalition on Valentine’s Day at the Minnesota Capitol!

This is just one of many events for the environment coming up in January and February.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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