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December 12th, 2013

Dear Chairwoman Mikulski, Chairman Rogers, and Ranking Members Shelby and Lowey:

Comments on Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters

November 6, 2013, updated and resubmitted December 6, 2013
Science Advisory Board Review Panel
Attn: Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO)
EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office (1400 R)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460

Re: Comments on Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA-2013-0582

Dear Dr. Armitage,

Replace sequestration with a balanced approach

The undersigned 470 national organizations urge you to replace sequestration with a
bipartisan, balanced approach to deficit reduction. The budget conference opens a critical
window to finally enact a responsible fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget that replaces sequestration
and reinvests in our eroding national priorities.

The EPA's Bold New Agenda

The Environmental Protection Agency has released its to-do list for 2014, in the form of its annual regulatory agenda. And it calls for tackling some controversial environmental questions that Congress has been unable to resolve, including how to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants and whether energy companies should be required to disclose the chemicals they inject into the ground during fracking. While the plan has some gaps—Bloomberg BNA has pointed out it's noticeably silent on coal ash, a toxic coal-burning byproduct that has been responsible for several recent environmental disasters—it could have far-reaching environmental benefits. Below is a summary of the EPA's biggest goals in the new year.

Carbon caps for power plants
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Vote No on H.R. 2728

Dear Representative,

Vote NO on HR 1900, the Natural Gas Pipelines Permitting Reform Act

Dear Representative,
We, the undersigned conservation organizations representing millions of members urge you to oppose HR 1900, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act. This legislation amends Section 7 of the Natural Gas Act (15 U.S.C. 717f) to subvert state permitting authorities, expand the reach of eminent domain, and undercut input in decisions affecting communities.   
HR 1900 creates serious negative consequences for states wishing to protect their

Oppose HR 1965

On behalf of our members and supporters, we write today in opposition to H.R. 1965, The
Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act. This bill seeks to undermine how the Department
of the Interior manages federal lands and to prioritize oil and gas development over the other
multiple uses of these lands. It is a clear giveaway to the fossil fuel industry, at the expense of
millions of Americans who rely on our public lands for other uses, such as hunting, fishing,
protection of water supplies, and many others.

The bill contains numerous troublesome provisions. We’ve chosen to highlight a few of these.

Download the full letter here.

Clean Water Action-MA Testimony on EPA Carbon Emissions Rulemaking

Good morning.  My name is Alex Papali- I am an organizer with Clean Water Action, and am speaking here on behalf of our more than 40,000 members in Massachusetts, and many more across the Northeast region.  We appreciate the ample opportunity EPA is providing for input, with the goal of carefully considered rulemaking in the public interest.   We have spent decades in efforts to mitigate the many negative environmental health, climate and economic impacts from fossil-fuel based power plants, and are encouraged to see the formulation of rules around carbon emissions limits.

Make a Year End Gift for Clean Water Today!

Clean Water Art WorkWe need action now to secure a clean water future for everyone. I support the goal of fishable, swimmable, drinkable water for all Americans.

Success on many of our top clean water priorities has never been closer - restoring protection for small streams and wetlands, controlling polluted runoff,
reducing toxic pollution that threatens our drinking water, and more - we just need you.  This progress, and the positive momentum we're  talking about didn’t happen automatically — it happened thanks to Clean Water Action members like you.

Help us keep the momentum going with a special gift to Clean Water.

More than 115,000 Americans support the Environmental Protection Agency’s Proposed Rulemaking to Protect Clean Water

Clean Water Action | Earthjustice | Environment America| League of Conservation Voters | National Wildlife Federation | Sierra Club | Southern Environmental Law Center | Waterkeeper Alliance

Washington – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving to close gaps in the Clean Water Act that have left the drinking water sources for more than 117 million Americans vulnerable to pollution and destruction. In September, EPA submitted a rule to ensure protections for nearly 20 million acres of wetlands and half of the nation’s streams for intra-agency review. EPA also released a groundbreaking scientific report that confirms what Americans have long known - our waterways are connected. Today, a coalition of environmental and wildlife advocates announced that more than 115,000 Americans have submitted comments  in support of EPA’s science report and the pending rule to protect vital parts of our water infrastructure. 

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11/06/2013 - 09:07
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