Oppose HR 5078 - the Dirty Water Bill (September 2014)

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

September 9, 2014

The undersigned organizations and their millions of members and supporters urge you to vote NO on H.R. 5078, the misleadingly-titled “Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014,” when it is on the House floor this week.

In a year when pollution led authorities to ask residents of Charleston, West Virginia, and Toledo, Ohio not to use their drinking water for several days, the House’s attack on Clean Water Act safeguards for the nation’s water bodies is astonishing.  More than 117 million Americans get drinking water from systems that rely on water bodies that H.R. 5078 would make it more difficult to protect.  

Updated National Recommended Water Quality Criteria for the Protection of Human Health

Clean Water Action ● NC Conservation Network

August 13, 2014
Heidi Bethel
Health and Ecological Criteria Division
Office of Water, US EPA
1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Attn: Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW-2014-0135

Re: Updated National Recommended Water Quality Criteria for the Protection of Human Health\

Dear Ms. Bethel,

We Need to Put Drinking Water First: Toledo Drinking Water Crisis Shows We’re Not Doing Enough

Over the weekend, 400,000 people in the Toledo, Ohio area were told that they should not use their tap water. While the ban on water use has been lifted as of this morning, this massive disruption is further proof that we are not doing enough to put drinking water first. In fact, not only are Congress and our state legislatures not doing enough, many elected officials are actively interfering in efforts protect clean water. Clean Water Action’s National Campaigns Director Lynn Thorp released this statement and the following set of policy recommendations:

“What happened in Toledo over the weekend is hardly surprising. It fits the pattern that we see time and time again – because we refuse to protect clean water upstream, we rely on our Public Water Systems to solve preventable pollution problems.

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08/04/2014 - 12:48

Congressional Investigative Report Urges EPA to Improve Oversight of the UIC Program

WASHINGTON, DC – This week the Government Accountability Office released DRINKING WATER: EPA Program to Protect Underground Sources from Injection of Fluids Associated with Oil and Gas Production Needs Improvement, the results of its two year investigation into the Environmental Protect Agency’s (EPA) Underground Injection Control (UIC) program.  Clean Water Action welcomes this much needed investigation into oversight challenges in the UIC program and calls on EPA to implement the recommendations detailed within the report (view the report here). 

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07/31/2014 - 13:35

Support for the U.S. Forest Service Proposed Groundwater Directive

American Canoe Association - American Forests - American Rivers - Clean Water Action - International Fly Fishers Federation - Izaak Walton League of America - Natural Resources Defense Council - New Mexico Wilderness Alliance -River Network - Sierra Club - The Wilderness Society - WildEarth Guardians

July 21, 2014

The Honorable Thomas Vilsack
Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue
SW Washington, DC 20250

The Honorable Thomas Tidwell
Chief, U.S. Forest Service
Yates Building, 5th Floor, NW Wing
201 14th St, SW
Washington, DC 20250

RE: Support for the U.S. Forest Service Proposed Groundwater Directive

EPA Rejects Pebble Mine Project

By Daniel Fanaroff, National Communications Intern

On Tuesday July 15, I had the privilege of attending my first hearing on Capitol Hill. I got there early to take it all in, and was the first one in the audience by a good fifteen minutes. Clean Water Action assigned me to listen and report on the hearing, held by the House Sub-Committee on Water Resources and Environment, a Subcommittee of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Clean Water Action Joins Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Environment Texas in Applauding EPA Rulemaking on the Waters of the U.S.

On July 16, 2014, Clean Water Action joined Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and Environment Texas in supporting Ellen Gilinskythe U.S. EPA's proposal to guarantee federal protections for headwater streams and wetlands that form part of our drinking water supply. The occasion was a visit from Ellen Gilinksy, EPA Senior Advisor for Water, who is meeting stakeholders in Texas to discuss the proposed rule. The proposal will protect all of our drinking water sources, including smaller headwater streams and wetlands that run dry during drought, as the Clean Water Act intended.

Clean Water Action thanks Mayor Lee Leffingwell for taking a stand to #ProtectCleanWater and the drinking water supplies for 117 million Americans, including 11.5 million in Texas.

Opinion: Contrary to Pa. Farm Bureau, farmers do support clean water rules

Ditch the mythAs someone who grew up spending summers picking tomatoes, bailing hay and milking cows in Chester County, last week's opinion headline about farmers and clean water ("EPA 'waters' rules will impact farmers," Berks Country, July 9) caught my eye.

No one has a deeper understanding of the importance of clean water and an ethic of stewardship for our land, water and the rest of the natural world on which we all depend than the farmers that I have met.

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The Union Edge #ProtectCleanWater Radio Interview with Clean Water Action and Blue Green Alliance

On Monday July 7, Tom Hoffman from Clean Water Action in Pittsburgh and Khari Mosley from the National Blue Green Alliance were interviewed by Charles Showalter, host of the Union Edge: Labor's Talk Radio Show.

Tom and Khari talked about the importance of supporting the new EPA guidelines that would restore protections to the drinking water for 63% of Pennsylvanians. Hear the interview in its entirety here:

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