Washington - Today Clean Water Action called on the U.S. Congress to allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to close loopholes in Clean Water Act protection. At the same time, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate held a rare joint hearing on the proposal, which is overwhelmingly supported by over 800,000 commenters, including hundreds of local elected officials.
"Despite the overwhelming support from the public and elected officials, the majority leadership in Congress seems determined to cater to special interests like industrial agriculture and fossil fuels" said Robert Wendelgass, President and CEO of Clean Water Action. "Elected officials from Connecticut to California commented in favor of the proposal and asked the agencies to finalize an even stronger rule. "
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January 22, 2015
Clean Water Action welcomes publication of EPA's long awaited final science report that shows small streams and wetlands can impact water quality downstream.
Washington - Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence, an extensive, peer reviewed summary of the latest science on the vital importance of small streams and wetlands to downstream water quality, including drinking water sources. The findings in the report will guide the final Clean Water Rule currently being developed by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers. These agencies are working to finalize a rule this spring that would clarify protections for over half of the nation's small streams and 20 million acres of wetlands. These vital water bodies feed the drinking water for more than 1 in 3 Americans.
Clean Water Action's President and CEO, Bob Wendelgass, released this statement.
Today the White House announced a plan to reduce harmful methane pollution from the oil and gas industry by 40-45 percent by 2025. Clean Water Action released this statement:
“Clean Water Action applauds the Administrations’ efforts to establish the first-ever standards for methane emissions from oil and gas operations. However, these standards could be more robust and implemented on an expedited timeline consistent with the urgency of the climate crisis.