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New Report: EPA must protect drinking water and downstream communities from power plant pollution

Health benefits of a strong rule worth hundreds of millions of dollars each year

Washington, D.C. – Power plants discharge more than 5.5 billion pounds of pollutants into U.S. waterways every year, contributing to the contamination of more than 23,000 miles of rivers and 185 water bodies whose fish are too toxic to eat.

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) weighs the nation’s first limits on toxic water pollution from power plants -- due in September -- a new report details the damage caused by the wastewater and the need for strong regulations to protect public health.

The report, “Selling Our Health Down the River,” presents evidence that EPA has been under-estimating the public health benefits of controlling metals including arsenic and hexavalent chromium (which can increase the risk of cancer), as well as lead and mercury (which can cause brain damage) released by power plants into rivers, streams, and lakes.

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06/17/2015 - 09:10

Oppose the destructive policy riders in the Fiscal Year 2016 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill

The Honorable Harold Rogers                      The Honorable Nita Lowey
Chairman, Committee on Appropriations    Ranking Member, Committee on Appropriations

The Honorable Ken Calvert                            The Honorable Betty McCollum
Chairman, Committee on Appropriations    Ranking Member, Committee on Appropriations
Subcommittee on Interior Environment       Subcommittee on Interior, Environment
And Related Agencies                                     And Related Agencies


Dear Chairman Rogers, Ranking Member Lowey, Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member McCollum,

Oppose H.R. 1314 -- Fast Track of Trade Agreements Threatens Our Environment - June 11, 2015

June 11, 2015

Re: Oppose H.R. 1314 -- Fast Track of Trade Agreements Threatens Our Environment

Dear Member of Congress:

As leading U.S. environmental and science organizations, we write to express our strong opposition to H.R.1314, the Hatch-Wyden-Ryan “fast track” bill, and to strongly urge you to oppose this bill.

Oppose Amendments 1492 and 1594 to NDAA (June 8, 2015)

350.org * Alaska Wilderness League * Bold Nebraska * Center for Biological Diversity* Clean Water Action * Climate Solutions * Earthjustice * Energy Action Coalition * Environment America * Friends of the Earth U.S. * Greenpeace USA * League of Conservation Voters * Oil Change International * Sierra Club

June 8, 2015

Dear Senator,

On behalf of our millions of members, we, the undersigned organizations, urge you to oppose
Senate Amendments 1492 and 1594 to the National Defense Authorization Act. These amendments, as introduced by Senators Cornyn and Murkowski respectively, would repeal the crude oil export ban.

Senate: Oppose S 1140 (June 9, 2015)

American Rivers • BlueGreen Alliance • Clean Water Action • Earthjustice • Environment America• League of Conservation Voters • Natural Resources Defense Council • Prairie Rivers Network • Sierra Club • Southern Environmental Law Center

Threats to Drinking Water from Hydraulic Fracturing

Breaking News!

On June 4th, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its long-awaited draft assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources.

The Assessment smashes the myth that there can be oil and gas development without impacts to drinking water. Fracking is a complex process that poses a complex array of potential risks to drinking water. The Assessment informs actions we need to take to protect drinking water and public health by outlining the numerous vulnerabilities throughout the fracking water lifecycle.

Clean Water Action Statement on EPA Assessment of Hydraulic Fracturing Impacts on Drinking Water

EPA Fracking Assessment Exposes Threats to Drinking Water from Oil and Gas

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06/04/2015 - 12:15

Clean Water Rule Will Restore Protections for Drinking Water for 1 in 3 Americans, if Congress steps aside

For Immediate Release
May 27, 2015

Washington - Today the Obama administration closed loopholes that left the drinking water sources for more than 1 in 3 Americans at risk of pollution and destruction with the release of its long-awaited Clean Water Rule . A number of environmental, wildlife, and sportsmen groups praised the rule, which ensures Clean Water Act protections for streams and wetlands across the country, but warned that there are multiple efforts underway in Congress to weaken, undermine, or stop the rule completely.

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05/27/2015 - 10:47

A Huge Win for Clean Water!

Clean Water Action applauds the Obama Administration’s action today to restore Clean Water Act protection to critical water bodies, including streams which feed drinking water sources for over a third of the American people.

Today on the banks of the Anacostia River in Washington DC, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and U.S. Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy signed the long-awaited Clean Water Rule.  With this action, EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are clarifying Clean Water Act protection for over half the nation’s stream miles, 20 million acres of wetlands and other water bodies which have been in regulatory limbo for nearly 13 years.

Thank the President for Protecting Clean Water!

We are celebrating our biggest victory for clean water in more than a decade!

In May, on the banks of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jo-Ellen Darcy signed the final Clean Water Rule.  With this historic action, the Obama administration is protecting the drinking water sources for one and three Americans.  Thank the President for protecting your water!

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