The National Newsletter | Spring 2014

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spring 2014 edition

One Step Closer to Restoring Protections for All Water

New policies proposed in March 2014 by the Obama Administration would finally restore protection for all streams and wetlands. The long-anticipated move follows more than a decade of campaigning by Clean Water Action and allies, and seeing this restoration of Clean Water Act protections through to completion is a priority.

When Congress first passed the 1972 Clean Water Act, it was with the understanding that all streams and wetlands can impact the biological, physical and chemical integrity of larger downstream waters. But starting in 2001, polluter-friendly court decisions and agency actions that followed stripped away longstanding Clean Water Act protections, leaving critical resources vulnerable to pollution and destruction. Read more

$1 Million for Clean Water!$1 million for Clean Water. That’s how much has been raised so far by hundreds of thousands of supporters using the simple online-shopping app from Here, Clean Water Action’s CEO, Bob Wendelgass  receives the “big check” from’s Dylan Nord, Gina Navani and Bryan Cockerham. Join us, and make your online purchases count for clean water.

Tell EPA: Protect All Streams and Wetlands!

Submit Comments to EPA Today!The health of our nation’s rivers, lakes, and bays depends on the network of small streams and wetlands that flow into them. But many of these small streams and wetlands are now denied protection under the Clean Water Act and these vital water resources are vulnerable to pollution or destruction. Join your neighbors and thousands of Clean Water Action members today and tell the Administration to take action to protect all of our nation’s water.

One Step Closer to Protecting All Water

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!

Click here to speak your mind and submit a comment to EPA now.

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.

Mind the Store

Mind the StoreAs 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.

Policy on Investing in Fossil Fuels

Because of the impacts of fossil fuels on the earth’s climate and the damage they cause to our air and water, it is the policy of Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund to avoid investing any of their funds in companies that mine, produce, refine or burn fossil fuels.

Currently, there are limited investment choices that are completely fossil-fuel free.  In 2013, Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund began moving their investments to socially responsible funds which are either fossil-fuel free or include minimal investments in fossil fuels in their portfolio.

Testimony on the West Virginia Chemical Spill and Drinking Water

Testimony for the Record (Download the PDF)

EPA’s Coal Ash Rule Must Ensure Public Safety and Establish Federal Enforcement Authority

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:

Protect Our Water From Coal Ash - Take Action!

Coal Ash on the Dan River - Courtesy of Waterkeeper Alliance

Coal ash on the Dan River - click here to take action

How Many Spills Will it Take Before We Put Drinking Water First?

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!

From the Blog: A Little Bit of Drinking Water Contamination – Is That Okay?

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.

It’s Still Leaking: Clean Water Action Statement on Revelations that Toxic Coal Ash Continues to Leak into the Dan River

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.

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02/13/2014 - 13:28
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