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New Report Highlights the Dangers of Toxic Coal Ash in Michigan

Today Clean Water Fund released Toxic Trash Exposed: Coal Ash Pollution in Michigan, a new report that highlights the dangers Michigan’s water and communities face from uncontrolled and unregulated coal ash pollution. Staff from Clean Water, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, and State Senator Steve Bieda will be discussing the coal ash and the findings of the report at 10 am, Friday November 1st. To participate, please contact Michael Kelly, mkelly@cleanwater.org .

Among the key findings of Toxic Trash Exposed (available here):

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11/01/2013 - 06:26

Oppose Whitfield-Manchin Attack on Our Health - Senate

Clean Water Action * Conservation Law Foundation * Earthjustice * Environment America * League of Conservation Voters * Natural Resources Defense Council * Sierra Club * Southern Environmental Law Center

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Dear Senator,

On behalf of our millions of members, supporters, and activists we urge you to oppose the discussion draft being led by Congressman Whitfield and Senator Manchin that would effectively block any chance of limiting carbon pollution from power plants.

Oppose Whitfield-Manchin Attack on Our Health - House

Clean Water Action * Conservation Law Foundation * Earthjustice * Environment America * League of Conservation Voters * League of Women Voters * Natural Resources Defense Council * Sierra Club * Southern Environmental Law Center

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Dear Representative,

On behalf of our millions of members, supporters, and activists we urge you to oppose the discussion draft being led by Congressman Whitfield and Senator Manchin that would effectively block any chance of limiting carbon pollution from power plants.

The National Newsletter | Fall 2013

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fall 2013 edition

EPA Begins Closing Critical Gaps

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving forward with proposals to clarify what water resources qualify for federal protections. Once finalized, this action will close critical protection gaps that have left drinking water sources for 117 million Americans vulnerable to contamination and destruction.

EPA’s September 17 announcement comes roughly twelve years after pro-polluter court decisions and actions by the Bush Administration weakened critical Clean Water Act protections. Sustained campaigning by Clean Water Action and allies helped to set the stage for this positive development. Clean Water Action expects continued strong opposition from polluters, who would prefer to see the law remain in its current, weakened state.  Read more

Mobilizing Environmental Voters in 2013 and 2014

Clean Water Action is a national non-profit environmental organization with over 1 million members.  Since our founding in 1972, making democracy work has been a central part of our mission and strategy.
Clean Water Action deploys its full grassroots model for the best candidates in the toughest races.  

Our Water is Connected

Edwards Creek. Courtesy of EPA

Edwards Creek in Texas - polluted by crude oil.

If you drink water or like to swim or fish in rivers and lakes, you should be happy about a recent proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).and the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps). These agencies  have taken important steps toward clarifying what small streams, wetlands and other waters can be protected from pollution and development.  

No Piecemeal Funding of the Government

Dear Representative,

On behalf of our millions of supporters, we strongly oppose the piecemeal funding of select government programs because it is not a credible solution to this self-imposed budget crisis. The only credible solution is one that opens the entire government for business.  While a handful of extreme policymakers play politics, Americans and our environment suffer. The political gamesmanship driving the orchestration of damage control though these piecemeal proposals is not a sound fiscal policy.

Critique of EPA’s Failure to Quantify and Monetize Health and Economic Benefits of Cleaner Source and Drinking Water

Prepared byJennifer Duggan, Environmental Integrity Project
Lynn Thorp, Clean Water Action
September 19, 2013

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Drinking Water Association and Clean Water Action Joint Comments to EPA ELG Docket

September 20, 2013

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Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2009-0819
RE:    Comments on Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Steam Electric Power Generating Point Source Category

Put Drinking Water First

Clean Water Action’s analysis of supporting documents for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Proposed Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Steam Electric Power Generating Point Source Category confirms that power plant discharges to surface water often include contaminants that experts consider to be “contaminants of concern” when found in drinking water.  For example, arsenic, lead, selenium and mercury are all commonly found in power plant discharges to water, and all are contaminants of long-standing concern in drinking water.

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