Oppose destructive policy riders in the FY 2016 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill

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President Obama: Please Support Strong Controls on Power Plant Water Pollution

June 16, 2015

President Barack Obama                                                                                                                       

The White House                           
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW 
Washington, DC 20500

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Selling Our Health Down the River

Selling Our Health Down the RiverEXECUTIVE  SUMMARY - Download the full report here.

Listen to experts and report authors discuss the rule here.

Read our letter to the President here.

Fossil-fuel burning power plants discharge at least 5 .5 billion pounds of pollution into rivers, streams, lakes and bays each year. Coal-burning plants in particular discharge some of the most dangerous heavy  metals  on earth, including arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury and selenium.

Power  plant  wastewater has contributed to over 23,000 miles of contaminated rivers, fish too polluted to eat in 185 bodies of water, and the degradation of 399 water bodies that are used as public drinking water sources .

New Report: EPA must protect drinking water and downstream communities from power plant pollution

Health benefits of a strong rule worth hundreds of millions of dollars each year

Washington, D.C. – Power plants discharge more than 5.5 billion pounds of pollutants into U.S. waterways every year, contributing to the contamination of more than 23,000 miles of rivers and 185 water bodies whose fish are too toxic to eat.

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) weighs the nation’s first limits on toxic water pollution from power plants -- due in September -- a new report details the damage caused by the wastewater and the need for strong regulations to protect public health.

The report, “Selling Our Health Down the River,” presents evidence that EPA has been under-estimating the public health benefits of controlling metals including arsenic and hexavalent chromium (which can increase the risk of cancer), as well as lead and mercury (which can cause brain damage) released by power plants into rivers, streams, and lakes.

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06/17/2015 - 09:10

Oppose the destructive policy riders in the Fiscal Year 2016 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill

The Honorable Harold Rogers                      The Honorable Nita Lowey
Chairman, Committee on Appropriations    Ranking Member, Committee on Appropriations

The Honorable Ken Calvert                            The Honorable Betty McCollum
Chairman, Committee on Appropriations    Ranking Member, Committee on Appropriations
Subcommittee on Interior Environment       Subcommittee on Interior, Environment
And Related Agencies                                     And Related Agencies

Dear Chairman Rogers, Ranking Member Lowey, Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member McCollum,

Oppose H.R. 1314 -- Fast Track of Trade Agreements Threatens Our Environment - June 11, 2015

June 11, 2015

Re: Oppose H.R. 1314 -- Fast Track of Trade Agreements Threatens Our Environment

Dear Member of Congress:

As leading U.S. environmental and science organizations, we write to express our strong opposition to H.R.1314, the Hatch-Wyden-Ryan “fast track” bill, and to strongly urge you to oppose this bill.

Oppose Amendments 1492 and 1594 to NDAA (June 8, 2015) * Alaska Wilderness League * Bold Nebraska * Center for Biological Diversity* Clean Water Action * Climate Solutions * Earthjustice * Energy Action Coalition * Environment America * Friends of the Earth U.S. * Greenpeace USA * League of Conservation Voters * Oil Change International * Sierra Club

June 8, 2015

Dear Senator,

On behalf of our millions of members, we, the undersigned organizations, urge you to oppose
Senate Amendments 1492 and 1594 to the National Defense Authorization Act. These amendments, as introduced by Senators Cornyn and Murkowski respectively, would repeal the crude oil export ban.

Senate: Oppose S 1140 (June 9, 2015)

American Rivers • BlueGreen Alliance • Clean Water Action • Earthjustice • Environment America• League of Conservation Voters • Natural Resources Defense Council • Prairie Rivers Network • Sierra Club • Southern Environmental Law Center

Threats to Drinking Water from Hydraulic Fracturing

Breaking News!

On June 4th, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its long-awaited draft assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources.

The Assessment smashes the myth that there can be oil and gas development without impacts to drinking water. Fracking is a complex process that poses a complex array of potential risks to drinking water. The Assessment informs actions we need to take to protect drinking water and public health by outlining the numerous vulnerabilities throughout the fracking water lifecycle.

Clean Water Action Statement on EPA Assessment of Hydraulic Fracturing Impacts on Drinking Water

EPA Fracking Assessment Exposes Threats to Drinking Water from Oil and Gas

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06/04/2015 - 12:15
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