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739,794 comments and countingOctober 22, 2014 was historic. Today we showcased nearly 750,000 public comments (that's three quarters of a million, and counting) from people like you to EPA Water's Deputy Assistant Administrator, Ken Kopocis, staff from US Army Corp of Engineers, and to Maryland’s US Senator Ben Cardin. We showed them the broad public support for EPA's proposal to protect the nation's streams and wetlands. They were enthralled. Kopocis said at one point, "Clean water provides a boom to the economy...brewers, recreation & agriculture depend on clean water." And it’s TRUE, all the little things we take for granted every day absolutely depend on clean water and healthy watersheds.

Celebrating 40 Years of SDWA!

The House of Representatives Chooses Polluters Over Clean Water Again

Dirty Water in the House of Representatives

Washington, DC - Today the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5078. The bill seeks to stop the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) from moving forward with a proposed rulemaking to clarify which small streams and wetlands are covered under the Clean Water Act.

Clean Water Action President and CEO, Robert Wendelgass released this statement:

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09/09/2014 - 15:00

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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.

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02/04/2014 - 14:00

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. 

A Failing Grade: Clean Water Action Releases Its Scorecard on the 113th Congress

October 23, 2014

Washington, DC - Congress is failing the American people on protecting the environment and communities, according to Clean Water Action's Scorecard for the 113th Congress. In 2013 and 2014, the US House of Representatives voted numerous times to block progress in restoring protections to small streams and wetlands and safeguarding communities from toxic coal ash. While few of these measures passed the Senate, that may no longer be the case after the upcoming election.

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10/23/2014 - 10:42

Organizations Deliver Comments To EPA From More Than 700,000 Americans Who Support Clean Water

WASHINGTON – More than 700,000 Americans have written to support a plan to protect streams and wetlands nationwide that are vulnerable to pollution, and on Wednesday, a diverse coalition of conservation organizations and clean water advocates delivered their comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers. The two agencies have proposed a rule that will help fix problematic language in the Clean Water Act that leaves streams, wetlands and other water bodies vulnerable to pollution.
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10/22/2014 - 09:46

Get Toxic Chemicals Out Of Halloween Costumes

A new study by HealthyStuff.org found elevated levels of toxic chemicals in popular Halloween costumes, accessories and even “trick or treat” bags.  Dangerous chemicals like phthalates, flame retardants, vinyl (PVC) plastic, lead and even lead.

Scorecard - the 113th Congress

TWO YEARS AGO, we reported that fundamental public health and environmental protections were under attack in the 112th Congress. The situation has remained largely the same to date in the 113th Congress. 

In 2013 and 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to block federal agency progress in all of Clean Water Action’s priority campaign areas, including restoring Clean Water Act protection to streams and wetlands and cleaning up toxic coal ash. Similar measures have not been able to pass in the U.S. Senate.

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