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Some in Congress Don't Get It: Americans Want Clean Water

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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02/04/2015 - 13:36

Statement on President Obama's 2015 Budget Request

Clean Water Action President Robert Wendelgass made the following statement on the Obama Administration’s proposed Fiscal Year 2016 Budget:
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02/02/2015 - 17:02

Oppose Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority

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Vote No On Senator Lee's Amendment 71 To Keystone Xl

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January 22, 2015

Dear Senator,

Oppose S. 1 - January 22, 2015

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January 22, 2015

Dear Senator:

Our Water is Connected and Small Streams and Wetlands are Critical to Drinking Water

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.

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01/16/2015 - 08:07

White House Plan on Oil & Gas Industry's Methane Pollution: Clean Water Action responds

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.

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01/14/2015 - 12:09

Vote No on S. 1 - January 2015

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Vote No on H.R. 3 - January 2015

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Water Supplies Sacrificed for Oil & Gas Industry Profit, Report Finds

Washington, DC – Provisions of the federal law originally intended to protect drinking water are instead being used to allow oil, gas and uranium mining industry activities that would otherwise be illegal, according a report released today by Clean Water Action. This first-ever analysis of a critical Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) program found widespread sacrifice of underground water resources (aquifers) that could otherwise be used for drinking water in the future.

The Aquifer Exemption program allows injection directly into once protected aquifers and essentially “writes off” potential groundwater sources.

“In light of concerns about water quality and ongoing drought, which have only been exacerbated over the last three decades, the Aquifer Exemption Program should involve the highest level of scrutiny and transparency. But that is not what our research has found - and water resources have been put at risk,” said John Noël, Clean Water Action National Oil and Gas Campaigns Coordinator.

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01/06/2015 - 06:00
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