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January 22, 2015
Clean Water Action welcomes publication of EPA's long awaited final science report that shows small streams and wetlands can impact water quality downstream.
Washington - Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence, an extensive, peer reviewed summary of the latest science on the vital importance of small streams and wetlands to downstream water quality, including drinking water sources. The findings in the report will guide the final Clean Water Rule currently being developed by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers. These agencies are working to finalize a rule this spring that would clarify protections for over half of the nation's small streams and 20 million acres of wetlands. These vital water bodies feed the drinking water for more than 1 in 3 Americans.
Clean Water Action's President and CEO, Bob Wendelgass, released this statement.
Today the White House announced a plan to reduce harmful methane pollution from the oil and gas industry by 40-45 percent by 2025. Clean Water Action released this statement:
“Clean Water Action applauds the Administrations’ efforts to establish the first-ever standards for methane emissions from oil and gas operations. However, these standards could be more robust and implemented on an expedited timeline consistent with the urgency of the climate crisis.
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“In light of concerns about water quality and ongoing drought, which have only been exacerbated over the last three decades, the Aquifer Exemption Program should involve the highest level of scrutiny and transparency. But that is not what our research has found - and water resources have been put at risk,” said John Noël, Clean Water Action National Oil and Gas Campaigns Coordinator.
Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund have found large problems with SDWA and how the Act protects drinking water from certain oil and gas and uranium mining activities. A groundbreaking report and a white paper, released in January 2015, explores two SDWA programs - the Aquifer Exemption Program and the Under Injection Control Class II Program.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the first-ever national standards for coal ash disposal. Coal ash is the toxic waste that remains from burning coal to generate electricity. This second largest industrial waste stream in the United States contains many known hazardous chemicals, including arsenic, mercury, lead, and hexavalent chromium. This new rule is a first step toward better protecting communities from leaking coal ash ponds and landfills. However, for the most part, it leaves enforcement of the regulations up to individual states.