Letter to the Senate: Reject SB 1140

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Statement: U.S. EPA SAB Panel Review of the Draft of Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water

Clean Water Action Statement
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Public Meeting for SAB Panel Review of the Draft Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources
October 28, 2015

EPA to Propose Rule Requiring Hundreds of Natural Gas Processing Plants to Start Reporting Toxic Pollution

Victory for Groups that Sued EPA to Require the Oil and Gas Extraction Industry to Report to the Federal Toxics Release Inventory

Washington, D.C. – In response to a petition and lawsuit by environmental and open government organizations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose regulations requiring natural gas processing plants to start reporting the toxic chemicals they release.

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10/28/2015 - 16:06

Power Plant Water Pollution

Power Plant Water Pollution


On September 30, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revoked power plants' free pass to pollute our water when it issued the first-ever national pollution limits to control the amount of heavy metals, nutrients and other pollutants steam electric power plants can discharge into our nation’s rivers, lakes, streams and bays.

Click here to read our statement.

Click here to read Jennifer Peters blog post.

Click here to read Lynn Thorp's blog post.


Many coal plants discharge their wastewater in rivers, streams and lakes directly upstream of drinking water intakes and some of these vital drinking water sources have been contaminated with arsenic, lead, mercury and other nasty chemicals. In September 2015, EPA will finalize the first ever national water pollution standards to limit the amount of toxic metals, nutrients and other harmful pollutants that are dumped into our water.

  • Download our Fact Sheet
  • Read Putting Drinking Water First: Curbing Power Plants' Toxic Pollution
  • Read To Protect Public Health, Put Drinking Water First, Not Polluter Profits

Clean Water Statement on 6th Circuit Court Stay of Clean Water Rule

"We know that commonsense protections for streams, wetlands, and drinking water will prevail" 

Today the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati issued a temporary stay of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water Rule, pending further consideration by the Court.

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

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10/09/2015 - 11:19

Clean Water Currents | Fall 2015

Clean Water Currents
fall 2015 edition

Oil, Gas, and Drinking Water

Keeping Fracking Waste out of Rivers, Lakes and Streams
First, Clean Water Action wrapped up an extensive campaign in support of EPA’s update to a 30-year-old Clean Water Act program that regulates oil and gas wastewater discharges to sewage treatment plants, or publicly owned treatment works (POTWs).
This is important because in the past, oil and gas companies have sent millions of gallons of wastewater to these plants, which then discharge it to local rivers, lakes, and streams.

The problem is that these sewage plants are not able to adequately treat wastewater coming from fracking and other unconventional oil and gas operations. The industry’s latest techniques for extracting previously unreachable oil and gas also generate large volumes of difficult to treat wastewater.

This wastewater typically contains extreme salt levels, heavy metals, benzene, chemical additives from the fracturing fluid, radioactive elements, and other harmful pollutants. The pollutants can jam up or slip through the treatment process. After a few high profile treatment failures, EPA recognized the need to update the Clean Water Act Effluent Limitations Guidelines which regulate these wastewater discharges. Read more

No More Free Pass to Pollute: The Environmental Protection Agency Protects Drinking Water & Communities from Toxic Power Plants

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the first-ever national pollution limits to control the amount of heavy metals, nutrients and other pollutants steam electric power plants can discharge into our nation’s rivers, lakes, streams and bays.  Existing Clean Water Act standards for power plants were last updated in 1982 and did not require these facilities to remove toxic metals and other pollutants of concern from wastewater discharges.  These new pollution controls are necessary because power plant wastewater discharges have contaminated more than 23,000 miles of rivers and streams with dangerous pollutants and exposure to these pollutants threatens public health. These landmark limits will prevent 1.4 billion pounds of toxic pollutants from being discharged into U.S. water resources every year, including drinking water sources.

In response to EPA’s action, Clean Water Action Water Programs Director Jennifer Peters released the following statement:

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09/30/2015 - 10:40

Putting Drinking Water First

“Act as if drinking water matters.”  This approach has always been at the core of Clean Water Action’s programs.  Polls show that people consider drinking water the most important public health and environmental issue, but environmental policies don’t always reflect this.

Most water pollution is caused by human activities. Growing food, producing energy for electricity and transportation, making products and building communities — all are activities that impact water.

Oppose the RAPID Act of 2015

September 17, 2015

Dear Representative,

 On behalf of our millions of members and activists, we are writing to urge you to oppose H.R. 348, the misleadingly named “Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development Act of 2015.” Instead of improving the permitting process, the bill will severely undermine the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and, consequently, the quality and integrity of federal agency decisions.

Download the full letter here.

Carrying Your Voice to Capitol Hill

Environmental and health protections continue to be the subject of repeated attacks in the U.S. Congress, where many bills and amendments are aimed at blocking or overturning long-standing and new initiatives. Below are letters we have joined and statements we have made about these inappropriate efforts to use the budgeting process to set policy and to rollback health and environmental protections.

October 20, 2015
Letter to Congress on Fiscal Year 2016 Appropriations Bills

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