EPA’s Clean Water Proposal is Good for Business and Water in Michigan

Ann Arbor  – Today’s US House Oversight and Government Operations Subcommittee “field hearing” in Plymouth veered sharply into “the fact-free zone,” during discussion of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal for closing loopholes in the Clean Water Act, according to leading environmentalists and business leaders.

“EPA’s proposal to restore Clean Water Act protections is good news for the more than 1.4 million Michigan residents whose drinking water depends on it,” said Nic Clark, Clean Water Action’s Michigan Director. “Anyone who lives here knows how important clean water is to our state and expects our rivers, streams and our Great Lakes to be protected.”

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05/06/2014 - 09:15

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Toomey wants EPA to stop water rule

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey expressed his concerns over a proposal that would change which waterways can be regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency with Cumberland County farmers Friday.

The Clean Water Act gives the EPA the right to regulate navigable bodies of water that flow between states. Toomey says the EPA proposal would dramatically expand that.

"The EPA's new rule would virtually make all outdoor water eligible for their regulation," Toomey said. "What if a farmer has a stretch of land, that every once in a great while, in a very heavy rain, develops a big puddle that stands for awhile? Are they going to come in and decide to tell him whether or not he can plant in that space?"
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Oppose HR 524 - Community Letter - April 2014

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014
The Honorable Don Young
House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure
2165 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515


Dear Representative Young:

On behalf of our millions of members, we write to express our opposition to H.R. 524 and urge
that you oppose this legislation. H.R. 524 eliminates an important safeguard under the Clean
Water Act, which ensures that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can carry out its
oversight and enforcement responsibilities to protect our nation’s water sources.

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As the president said in June 2013, we "don't have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society". We couldn't agree more. President Obama also asked if we have "the courage to act before it's too late". We think we do and that's why Clean Water Action and our million members are committed to working with the president, with Congress and State Legislatures...with anyone who is willing to join us to combat climate change before it's too late.

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Proposed federal EPA rule would protect streams, wetlands

Thousands of miles of headwater streams and wetlands acreage in Pennsylvania and many more across the nation would have pollution and encroachment protections restored under a new Clean Water Act rule the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed Tuesday.

The rule would cover most wetlands, smaller headwater streams, and intermittent and ephemeral streams that flow only briefly following rainfalls, imposing stricter federal pollution controls.

Outlined in a 371-page document, the proposed rule aims to clear up a dozen years of regulatory confusion created by two complex U.S. Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 and directives issued by the George W. Bush administration that limited Clean Water Act jurisdiction and enforcement.
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The Biggest News in Water in More Than a Decade

#ProtectCleanWaterThe Obama Administration’s announcement of a proposed rule to protect most streeams and wetlands is a huge step forward, and Clean Water Action is ready to make sure everyone hears about it. You can be sure our members, and anyone who cares about putting drinking water first, are ready to join us. Because, like Bob, our CEO says, “It’s about time” – we’ve been fighting to put the Clean Water Act back together since the Bush Administration “broke” it in 2001.

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Get Diesel Out of Oil and Gas Drilling - Take Action

frack operations - smaller.JPGOn February 11, 2014 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published final Permitting Guidance for Hydraulic Fracturing Oil and Gas Activities Using Diesel.  Clean Water Action has worked to ensure that the processes are in place to implement the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) where diesel is used in hydraulic fracturing oil and gas drilling, and this was a positive step.  We’re now urging EPA to move forward with a formal rulemaking process to make sure that proper permits can be issued in all states under SDWA’s Underground Injection Control Program, which is designed to protect underground sources of drinking water.

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Tackling Toxic Diesel in Oil and Gas Drilling

This February, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took long-overdue steps to regulate toxic diesel used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking), issuing its first Permitting Guidance to protect underground drinking water sources from the practice. EPA’s action follows a year-long campaign by Clean Water Action and allies that featured more than 10,000 comments to the agency from Clean Water Action members.

In a special deal for the energy industry, Congress exempted hydraulic fracturing (fracking) from Safe Drinking Water Act protections in 2005. But even then lawmakers recognized that diesel used in fracking poses special risks to drinking water sources and made that one aspect of fracking subject to the law’s Underground Injection Control Program (UIC).

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