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Years of Living Dangerously - Premier Episode

As the president said in June 2013, we "don't have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society". We couldn't agree more. President Obama also asked if we have "the courage to act before it's too late". We think we do and that's why Clean Water Action and our million members are committed to working with the president, with Congress and State Legislatures...with anyone who is willing to join us to combat climate change before it's too late.

The new Showtime series,Years of Living Dangerously brings the storyof Climate Change home in ways that everyone can understand and share. It debuts on April 13th. Catch a sneak preview of the first episode right here.

Clean Water Action Statement on Senate Hearing on Drinking Water Supplies and the WV Spill

Clean Water Action Statement on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife entitled, "Examination of the Safety and Security of Drinking Water Supplies Following the Central West Virginia Drinking Water Crisis."

Washington DC -- Clean Water Action welcomes today's hearing and its focus on protecting drinking water sources. "Elected officials need to make protection of drinking water sources the primary consideration in decisions about facility siting, permitting and oversight," said Clean Water Action National Campaigns Director Lynn Thorp.

Published On: 
02/04/2014 - 14:00

Kids Get It

kiddrawing10smaller_0.pngOur organizers spoke with tens of thousands of Americans who want to see power plants' free pass to pollute our water revoked. They've sent letters and emails and helped us spread the word.

It's not just the adults who are joining us. Kids are too. Kids get that allowing power plants to dump toxic heavy metals and contribute more than 50% of the toxic pollution in our water every year is not right. They get that it's time to tell power plants that they can't use our water as their sewer any more. Kids get that we need to #ProtectCleanWater today. 

You + Me + Congress = Action on Climate and Energy Legislation!

post by Christine LeMieux, Global Warming and Energy Programs Coordinator

While media headlines as of late are dominated by the latest healthcare happenings on the Hill, progress on climate and energy legislation continues. Both issues are related to critical questions about how we will take care of our public health and our economy in the coming decades. Over the past month, 6 Senate committees have held hearings and action is expected after Congress returns from recess in September. 

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Walgreens - Time to Act on Toxic Chemicals!

Consumers across the country are visiting their local Walgreens store to ask them to protect us from toxic chemicals in everyday consumer products. New independent testing of products sold at Walgreens shows a variety of toxic chemicals including: hormone-disrupting chemicals in shower curtains and handbags, lead in pet chew toys and flame retardants. No thank-you!

Click here to tell Walgreens to protect consumers like you today!

Toomey wants EPA to stop water rule

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey expressed his concerns over a proposal that would change which waterways can be regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency with Cumberland County farmers Friday.

The Clean Water Act gives the EPA the right to regulate navigable bodies of water that flow between states. Toomey says the EPA proposal would dramatically expand that.

"The EPA's new rule would virtually make all outdoor water eligible for their regulation," Toomey said. "What if a farmer has a stretch of land, that every once in a great while, in a very heavy rain, develops a big puddle that stands for awhile? Are they going to come in and decide to tell him whether or not he can plant in that space?"
Published Date: 
04/04/2014

Oppose HR 524 - Community Letter - April 2014

Download the letter here.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014
The Honorable Don Young
House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure
2165 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

RE: OPPOSE H.R. 524

Dear Representative Young:

On behalf of our millions of members, we write to express our opposition to H.R. 524 and urge
that you oppose this legislation. H.R. 524 eliminates an important safeguard under the Clean
Water Act, which ensures that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can carry out its
oversight and enforcement responsibilities to protect our nation’s water sources.

Canvass Director and Assistant Canvass Director Positions Now Available

Clean Water Action is the nation’s largest grassroots group focused on water, energy and environmental health.  Clean Water Action’s 1 million members participate in Clean Water Action’s programs for clean, water, prevention of health-threatening pollution, and creation of environmentally-safe jobs and businesses.  Clean Water Action’s nonpartisan campaigns empower people to make democracy work.

Proposed federal EPA rule would protect streams, wetlands

Thousands of miles of headwater streams and wetlands acreage in Pennsylvania and many more across the nation would have pollution and encroachment protections restored under a new Clean Water Act rule the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed Tuesday.

The rule would cover most wetlands, smaller headwater streams, and intermittent and ephemeral streams that flow only briefly following rainfalls, imposing stricter federal pollution controls.

Outlined in a 371-page document, the proposed rule aims to clear up a dozen years of regulatory confusion created by two complex U.S. Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 and directives issued by the George W. Bush administration that limited Clean Water Act jurisdiction and enforcement.
Published Date: 
03/25/2014
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