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Comments on Final 2012 and Preliminary 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plans and 2012 & 2013 Annual Effluent Guidelines Review

November 17, 2014
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Water Docket
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20460

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Re: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2014-0170: Comments on Final 2012 and Preliminary 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plans and 2012 and 2013 Annual Effluent Guidelines Review Report

The undersigned organizations present these comments on three aspects of the Final 2012 and Preliminary 2014 Effluent Guidelines (ELGs) Program Plans:

Curbing Nutrient Pollution Puts Drinking Water First

Clean Water Action National Campaigns Director Lynn Thorp testified today before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy on issues related to “Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water”.  Cyanotoxins, the contaminant that forced the shutdown of the Toledo OH water system for several days in August of this year, are produced by Harmful Algal Blooms.

In her testimony, Thorp said “The most cost-effective way to prevent cyanotoxin contamination of drinking water sources is to reduce the nitrogen and phosphorus pollution that is also causing numerous other drinking water, environmental and economic impacts.”

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11/19/2014 - 11:16

Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water - Testimony of Lynn W Thorp - House Subcommittee on Energy & Environment

Testimony of Lynn W. Thorp - National Campaigns Director, Clean Water Action

Before the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee

Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water (download the testimony here)
November 19, 2014

Letter to the US House: Vote Against Bills the Undermine Science - November 17th, 2014

BlueGreen Alliance * Center for Biological Diversity * Center for Effective Government
Clean Water Action * Communications Workers of America * Defenders of Wildlife
Earthjustice * Environment America * Environmental Defense Fund
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America League of Conservation Voters * Natural Resources Defense Council * Public Citizen
Sierra Club * Southern Environmental Law Center * Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

Senators - Oppose S. 2280 - the Keystone Approval Bill

350.org * Alaska Wilderness League * American Rivers * Audubon Society of New Hampshire * AZUL * Better Future Project * Bold Nebraska * Center for Biological Diversity * Center for International Environmental Law * Center for Sustainable Economy * Chesapeake Climate Action Network * Citizens for Global Solutions * Clean Water Action * Climate Action Business Association * Climate Solutions * CREDO * Defenders of Wildlife * Earth Day Network * Earthjustice * Environment America * Environmental Defense Fund * Environment Maine * ForestEthics * Friends Committee on National Legislation * Friends of the Earth * GreenLatinos * Greenpeace USA * Hip Hop Caucus * International Forum on Globalization * Kids vs Global Warming/iMatter Campaign * Labor Network for Sustaina

US-China Agreement on Reducing Emissions Is a Critical Step

Last night the U.S. and China released a groundbreaking agreement in the fight to curb climate change. The Obama Administration committed to reduce US emissions by 26-28% by 2025 and China announced that its emission would peak around 2030. Clean Water Action President and CEO Robert Wendelgass released the following statement:

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11/12/2014 - 08:15

EPA and Corps Clean Water Rule Puts Drinking Water First

For Immediate Release

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11/11/2014 - 12:35

Putting Drinking Water First #2: The Definition of Waters of the US Under the Clean Water Act

Putting Drinking Water First

The Definition of Waters of the U.S. Under the Clean Water Act - Read the report
  • We can’t all live upstream: Smaller water bodies are connected to larger water bodies downstream.
  • Natural water infrastructure: Streams and wetlands play a vital role in healthy watersheds.
  • Protect drinking water:   Streams and wetlands affect drinking water quality and quantity.
Clean Water’s Putting Drinking Water First approach means making drinking water impacts a primary consideration when developing regulations and other programs involving upstream activities that can impact downstream drinking water sources.

This is the second in a series of white papers that illustarate the importance of Putting Drinking Water First. Read the first paper here.

Recent incidents of widespread drinking water service disruption have drawn attention to the importance of protecting drinking water sources from contamination.

Americans Expect Their Elected Officials to Protect Clean Water

The new Congress could be one of the most hostile to clean water and other environmental concerns, based on the new leadership's extreme anti-environment records and positions. But that's not what the American people want, and it's not what they voted for." -- Bob Wendelgass, Clean Water Action President and CEO

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11/05/2014 - 12:49

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
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