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Clean Water Action Statement on Another Dirty Water Bill to Stop The Clean Water Rule

Today U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and eleven other Senators introduced a bill to stop the Clean Water Rule and require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to start the entire rulemaking process over. This is the third time this week that Congress is attempting to interfere in this process.

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

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04/30/2015 - 09:44

Tell Congress to Stand up for Clean Water

Why the Clean Water Rule is ImportantBig Polluters and their Dirty Water Allies in Congress are trying to block progress on closing polluter loopholes in the Clean Water Act.  Contact Congress today and tell them you want them to stand up for your right to clean water!

Thanks to hundreds of thousands clean water supporters, the decade-long campaign to restore protections for wetlands and streams is nearing the finish line.  The Obama administration just finalized the Clean Water Rule to close these polluter loopholes and ensure that the drinking water sources for 1 and 3 Americans are better protected from pollution and development.  Polluters and their Dirty Water allies in Congress must not be allowed to stop or delay this long overdue progress for our water.

Tell Congress you want them to protect our nation’s vital water resources.   If polluters are successful at blocking the Clean Water Rule, over 60% of our nation’s streams will remain vulnerable to pollution and development. 

Help Stop the Oil and Gas Industry from Polluting Our Local Rivers, Lakes and Bays

Take action now and tell EPA you support a full prohibition on unconventional oil and gas wastewater being sent to publicly owned treatment works.

Now is the time to update the the rules to reflect the new environmental threats of modern oil and gas operations. Take action today.

Stopping the Oil and Gas Industry from Polluting Our Local Rivers, Lakes and Bays

Graphic: Don't Let Oil and Gas Wastewater Pollute our Rivers, Lakes, and Bays Update: The EPA public comment period on this issue has closed.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is updating a 30 year old Clean Water Act program which regulates what type of waste oil and gas companies can send to sewer treatment plants, or publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) for disposal. In the past oil and gas companies have sent millions of gallons of their wastewater to these sewage treatment plants, which then discharge it to our rivers, lakes and bays.

But "unconventional" operations - activities like fracking and other modern technologies that enable the industry to access previously untapped reserves of oil and gas -  produce a different type of waste. Which is a problem. These plants were never designed to treat this new type of wastewater.

Sending this new wastewater to plants that were not designed to handle it allows toxic pollutants to get into local waterways – jeopardizing downstream drinking water and aquatic ecosystems. EPA's proposal is a step in the right direction to protect our water.

Clean Water Currents | Spring 2015

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spring 2015 edition

Defending Clean Water

Bottom line for our water: a strong Clean Water Rule must be in place before the end of 2015.

The rule is needed to restore fundamental Clean Water Act protections, clarifying once and for all what resources will be covered under the law. Until the rule is finalized, small streams and wetlands — including drinking water sources for more than one in three Americans — remain vulnerable to pollution and development.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency received 860,000 comments in support of this common-sense proposal. This outpouring of public sentiment in favor of clean water follows millions more calls, letters, emails and petition signatures mobilized by Clean Water Action and allies — more than on any other clean water issue — through our decade-long campaign. Read more

Oppose The Enzi Budget (S. Con. Res. 11) & Position On Key Environmental Amendments

ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE * AMERICAN FORESTS * AMERICAN RIVERS * CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY * CLEAN WATER ACTION * DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE * EARTHJUSTICE * EARTHWORKS * ENVIRONMENT AMERICA * ENDANGERED SPECIES COALITION * ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND * FRIENDS OF THE EARTH * GREENPEACE * LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS * NATIONAL
AUDUBON SOCIETY * NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL * OCEANA * OCEAN CONSERVANCY * SIERRA CLUB * SOUTHERN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTER * SOUTHERN UTAH WILDERNESS ALLIANCE * THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY

March 26, 2015

OPPOSE THE ENZI BUDGET (S. CON. RES. 11) & POSITION ON KEY ENVIRONMENTAL AMENDMENTS

Dear Senator:

Comment Letter on Revised GHG Guidance - 3/25/15

Center for Biological Diversity * Center for Food Safety
Center for International Environmental Law * Clean Water Action * Conservation Colorado Defenders of Wildlife * Earthjustice * EPIC – Environmental Protection Information Center Friends of the Bitterroot * Friends of the Earth * Grand Canyon Trust * Greenpeace Information Network for Responsible Mining * Klamath Forest Alliance * KyotoUSA League of Conservation Voters * Montana Environmental Information Center
National Wildlife Federation * Natural Resources Defense Council * Oregon Wild

Oppose Portman Amendment 396 to S. Con Res 11 - 3/25/15

Center for Biological Diversity * Clean Water Action * Earthjustice * Environment America Environmental Defense Fund * Environmental Law and Policy Center * Fresh Energy Friends of the Earth * GreenLatinos * IDEAS For Us * Interfaith Power and Light
League of Conservation Voters * Natural Resources Defense Council * Public Citizen * Sierra Club
Southern Environmental Law Center * WE ACT for Environmental Justice * Voces Verdes


March 25, 2015 (Download the PDF here)

Oppose Amendment No. 347 to Senate Concurrent Resolution 11, setting the budget for FY 2016

● Alaska Wilderness League ● American Rivers ● Bluegreen Alliance ● Clean Water Action
● Defenders of Wildlife ● Earthjustice ● Friends of the Earth ● Greenpeace
● League of Conservation Voters ● Natural Resources Defense Council ● Sierra Club
● Southern Environmental Law Center

March 24, 2015

Dear Senator:
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