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New EPA Coal Ash Rule is a Timid Step Toward Cleaning up Leaking Waste Pits

Rule Requires Some New Standards but Still Leaves Communities at Risk.

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the first-ever national standards for coal ash disposal.  Coal ash is the toxic waste that remains from burning coal to generate electricity. This second largest industrial waste stream in the United States contains many known hazardous chemicals, including arsenic, mercury, lead, and hexavalent chromium.   This new rule is a first step toward better protecting communities from leaking coal ash ponds and landfills. However, for the most part, it leaves enforcement of the regulations up to individual states.

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12/19/2014 - 11:52

San Francisco Stepping Up to Keep Drugs Out of the Bay

Early in the new year, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote on an ordinance requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to pay for and implement convenient programs for consumers to dispose of unused and out of date medications.  This comes on the heels of a 19th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals decision upholding a similar ordinance adopted by Alameda County in 2012 against an industry attack.  Not surprisingly, the industry opposes a new ordinance in San Francisco despite the fact that when companies band together and support proper disposal – like they do in Canada – it costs so little per bottle, they haven’t raised drug prices.

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Take Action to Protect Your Water, Keep People Out of Harm's Way!

For the past 10 years, developers and their friends in Trenton have made repeated attempts to overdevelop New Jersey's most precious open spaces.

Known as The Permit Extension Acts, this legislation aims to extend previously expired permits on construction projects from as far back as the 1990's well into the future. It avoids adhering to modern environmental and public health safeguards that were adopted over the past decade to better protect our water and apply lessons learned from recent severe flooding, snow and wind events like Super Storm Sandy.

Take Action to Protect Your Water, Keep People Out of Harm's Way!

Tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 18, both houses of the NJ Legislature are expected to vote on S2551/A3815, the 4th Permit Extension Act (PEA IV). Urge your legislators and legislative leadership to VOTE NO because it fails to protect our water and keep people out of harm's way!

Clean Water Action on MSNBC: Sounding the Alarm on Port Expansion

Clean Water Action's Environmental Justice Organizer Kim Gaddy discusses port expansion at the Port of NY and NJ on MSNBC including increased risks of air pollution and health issues without the promise of jobs and economic benefits for area residents who are receiving the environmental harm.

 

Published Date: 
12/16/2014

Austin Runoff Election Endorsements

Happy holidays! Please join Clean Water in celebrating democracy and the holidays by voting in the Austin mayoral and city council runoff elections! Early voting lasts through Friday December 12, and election day is Tuesday December 16.

Clean Water Members lplayed a key role electing Ann Kitchen, Kathie Tovo, and Delia Garza in November, and helped carry most of our other endorsed council candidates into these runoffs.

We need your help to finish the job!

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Holding the Task Force Accountable

The Colorado Oil and Gas Task Force was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper in August of 2014. The 21-member Task Force is comprised of an equal number of representatives from the oil and gas industry, the environmental and impacted communities, and a group of neutral experts. They are responsible for making a series of policy recommendations to the State Legislature concerning the surface impacts of oil and gas development and concerning other residential impacts.

Protecting Baltimore City from Crude Oil-by-Rail Shipments

The volume of crude oil carried by rail increased 423% between 2011 and 2012 and continued to increase in 2013, surpassing 400,000 rail carloads. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) acknowledged the imminent danger crude-by-rail poses.  However, as crude-by-rail traffic has increased, so have accidents, posing significant risks to life, property and the environment. A recent derailment in Lynchburg, VA, spilled and burned an estimated 50,000 gallons of crude, setting the James River on fire, occurred at 23mph[i].

NEW Report: Oil Industry waste disposal into unlined pits threatens California's water and air

In the Pits - Oil and Gas Wastewater Disposal into Open Unlined Pits and the Threat to California’s Water and AirClean Water Action has released a new report exposing the threats to air and water from oil wastewater disposal into open-air and unlined pits. Across the Central Valley of California, already the home of severe water shortages, degraded groundwater and the worst air quality in the country, Big Oil is dumping wastewater containing a mixture of harmful chemicals, including volatile organic compounds and heavy metals, into unlined and open-air pits. These pits are designed both to percolate the toxic wastewater into the ground and evaporate it into the air. California water and air regulators have allowed this form of waste disposal despite the fact that they are aware that many of these operations have inadequate and severely out of date permits, and that some are creating huge underground plumes of wastewater that threaten nearby drinking and irrigation water.

Clean Water Wins on Election Day!

Election day was pretty good for clean water and a healthy environment in Maryland.

Although our endorsed candidate for Governor, Anthony Brown, did not come out on top, Clean Water helped elect environmental champion, Brian Frosh the new Attorney General, and 60 of the 70 Clean Water endorsed candidates won their races.

5 Simple Things that Governor Tom Wolf can do for Pennsylvania’s Environment

In the last four years, Governor Corbett and the Pennsylvania House and Senate have made repeated attacks on environmental protection and sought to maximize the profits of the gas, oil and coal industries at the expense of Pennsylvania’s health and safety.
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