A long overdue proposal to protect most streams and wetlands, released by the Obama administration in March 2014, will ensure that the drinking water for nearly one third of all Americans is no longer at risk of pollution. Make sure your voice is heard today! President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency need to know that you want to protect our water!
It’s pretty simple - all water is connected. Even kids understand that. The health of our rivers, lakes, and bays depend on the streams and wetlands that flow into them. The health of our nation’s rivers, lakes, and bays depends on the network of small streams and wetlands that flow into them. Tell EPA and the Army Corps that you support the proposal to #ProtectCleanWater today.
As the campaign to reform U.S. chemical safety policies continues on its multi-year path to update our laws in Congress, Clean Water Action has joined a related effort seeking leadership in safer chemicals and safer products from top retailers across the nation – the Mind the Store campaign.
Testimony for the Record (Download the PDF)
March 4, 2014
The Honorable Gina McCarthy
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
Re: EPA’s Coal Ash Rule Must Ensure Public Safety and Establish Federal Enforcement Authority
Dear Administrator McCarthy:
Kingston in 2008. Lake Michigan in 2011. North Carolina in 2014. None of these toxic coal ash spills should have happened, but because of decades of lax regulations, they did. Take action today and tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that you are fed up with coal-burning power plants poisoning our water with lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium and other nasty chemicals - click here!
By Lynn Thorp, National Campaign Director
Actually, it’s a complicated question. But one thing is certain. Coal plants and other facilities should not be contaminating our rivers, lakes, streams and drinking water sources with arsenic or any other toxic metals and chemicals. That is why it has been puzzling to see the reaction to the coal ash spill into the Dan River from a recent Duke Energy coal ash disposal site in Eden NC. This enormous spill has been chronicled by my colleague Jennifer Peters here and here and has made national news. Local water treatment plants have said that the spill does not pose problems for them because they are able to remove the contaminants in the ash. This is a good thing, though it demonstrates that once again our nation’s Public Water Systems have to clean up toxic waste that should have been prevented upstream. Read more.
Washington: Today Waterkeeper Alliance and Yadkin Riverkeeper released new findings that toxic coal ash is still pouring into the Dan River in North Carolina. Earlier in the day, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh launched a Federal Grand Jury Investigation into the spill, the third largest coal ash spill in US history. Clean Water Action Campaign Director Lynn Thorp released this statement.
Washington, D.C. — Clean Water Action welcomed today’s pre-publication by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of permitting guidelines for hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas where diesel is used in fracturing fluids. “These recommendations are needed to protect drinking water sources from some of the worst chemicals found in the hydraulic fracturing process and to enable the Safe Drinking Water Act to be implemented where diesel is used in drilling operations,” said Clean Water Action President Robert Wendelgass.