Long Branch, NJ - Today the Obama administration released its long awaited Clean Water Rule. The rule closes loopholes that have left the drinking water sources for more than 1 in 2 New Jersey residents at risk of pollution and destruction.Today's release of the Clean Water Rule is the culmination of more than 12 years of advocacy by Clean Water Action, its members, and its allies.
Clean Water Action's New Jersey Director, Amy Goldsmith, released this statement:
We are celebrating our biggest victory for clean water in more than a decade!
In May, on the banks of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jo-Ellen Darcy signed the final Clean Water Rule. With this historic action, the Obama administration is protecting the drinking water sources for one and three Americans. Thank the President for protecting your water!
Our waterways are what make New Jersey special.
They provide safe drinking water for our families, great recreation, and a critical resource to New Jersey's economy. But what if you knew that the streams feeding our most precious waterways and the wetlands surrounding them were at risk of pollution and destruction because of polluter loopholes?
Come out and support stronger protections for all of our waterways, and learn how the rule will impact our waterways and drinking water across the state and locally - and why your involvement is key.
SB 20 (Pavley): Last year’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) was passed in response to record levels of overpumping groundwater that have caused hundreds of wells to go dry and caused ground subsidence in some parts of the state. In the State Assembly, more than a dozen bills have been introduced to limit the scope of the groundwater legislation or delay its already slow implementation. Senator Pavley, on the other hand has introduced a bill that will help implement SGMA. SB 20 addresses a long-standing problem in state law that makes it illegal for the state to release critical information to the public.
Richmond, VA--As it considers whether to approve closure plans submitted by Dominion for leaking lagoons at plants like the Chesapeake Energy Center, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is facing increasing pressure from the public to clean up coal ash in a manner that is protective of both human health and the environment.
According to a new report released by Virginia Conservation Network in partnership with the Virginia League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Clean Water Action, and Earthjustice, every major region of Virginia contains coal ash ponds that are leaking and unstable, creating the potential for another major environmental catastrophe. Download the report (pdf).
The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT continues to work with our national colleagues on the Mind the Store campaign. We identified the top 10 retailers and are urging them to move away from using toxic chemicals in their products. Over the past months, we’ve had several major successes:
A Powerful New Film on the Toxic Dangers in Our Homes - Reserve your seat today for Toxic Hot Seat – May 28th
Are the flame retardant chemicals in your couch toxic?
Toxic Hot Seat, an HBO documentary, brings to light the deadly consequences of well-intentioned safety regulations. The film follows a courageous group of firefighters and mothers, journalists and scientists, politicians and activists as they fight to expose the chemical industry’s role in backing flammability standards that require toxic flame retardant use in our homes.