Leading the Way to Clean Water – Pittsburgh Supports Obama Administration Proposal to Protect Clean Water

pittsburgh waters of the us resolutionPittsburgh - Today, the Pittsburgh City Council stood up for clean water and all Pittsburghers and unanimously passed a resolution in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to protect clean water. EPA's proposal would clarify which small streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act. Clean Water Action commends the Council and thanks Councilmen Dan Gilman and Corey O'Connor for introducing the resolution (find the text of the resolution here).

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07/08/2014 - 13:06

Pennsylvania Currents | Spring-Summer 2014

pennsylvania currents

spring/summer 2014 edition

Governor Corbett Defies Public Opinion - Orders More Fracking in State Forests

The public opposes it — nearly 70% of Pennsylvania residents. The state natural resources agency (DCNR) has studied the issue and reports problems. But Gov. Tom Corbett wants to forge ahead with his budget balancing scheme that would reopen state forest lands to natural gas drilling leases.

DNCR says past gas development in state forests has caused: Read more

Pittsburgh Mayor: We believe broad federal protections are critical to protecting our local waters

Pittsburgh – On Friday, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto joined a growing list of state and local leaders to publically support the Obama Administration’s proposal to protect small streams and wetlands throughout the nation. Clean Water Action commends Mayor Peduto for his leadership and encourages other local elected officials to follow Pittsburgh’s lead. You can read the letter here,
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06/16/2014 - 06:15

Drilling the State Forests: A Bad Idea

Nearly 70% of recently polled Pennsylvanians made it clear that you oppose natural gas development in our state forests. You can take action to stop it here.

Despite this overwhelming opposition, Governor Corbett issued an executive order reopening our state forests to leasing for natural gas drilling. He believes there will be no additional disturbances, despite evidence to the contrary from his own Department of Conservation and Natural Recourses (DCNR). DCNR’s recent report looked at the impact gas development has already had on our forests. Some of the findings include:

From the Blog - Air Pollution from Coke Plant in Pittsburgh Cannot Continue

Lincoln Barber Shop - Courtesy of Joel Polacci

Lincoln Barber Shop - Courtesy of Joel Polacci

By Julie St. John, Pittsburgh Organizer

For years, Clean Water Action in Pittsburgh has been working to clean up air pollution coming from the Shenango coke works on Neville Island. The facility is located on a heavily industrialized piece of land less than one mile from densely populated residential communities and only five miles from downtown Pittsburgh.

State Proposes Settlement with Drilling Wastewater Plant

--Action follows filing of federal case by Clean Water Action--

(Pittsburgh) – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) publicly released a proposed consent decree with Waste Treatment Corporation of Warren, PA over the weekend.  This proposed settlement by the state came approximately one month after Clean Water Action had filed a federal suit against Waste Treatment Corp. for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act.

Clean Water Action’s suit charged that Waste Treatment Corp. was illegally discharging up to 200,000 gallons per day of gas drilling wastewater into the Allegheny River in Warren, PA.  DEP’s proposed consent decree clearly states that Waste Treatment Corp. is harming the water quality and aquatic life of the Allegheny.

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11/26/2013 - 12:12

Report: Hazardous Air Toxic Levels Raise Southwestern PA To Top of Nation’s Worst

PITTSBURGH, Pa., – The Center for Healthy Environments and Communities (CHEC) at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health recently released the of its Pittsburgh Regional Environmental Threats Analysis (PRETA), which seeks to educate about environmental quality and human health risks of significance to the southwestern Pennsylvania community.
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11/22/2013 - 10:10

Lawsuit Filed Against Drilling Wastewater Plant

Clean Water Action Files in Federal Court to Stop Illegal Discharges of Drilling Wastewater at Treatment Plant in Warren, PA

(Pittsburgh) – Clean Water Action filed a suit today in federal court against Waste Treatment Corporation (WTC) for their illegal discharge of gas drilling wastewater into the Allegheny River in Warren, PA. “We cannot allow our rivers and drinking water supplies to continue to be contaminated,” stated Myron Arnowitt, PA State Director for Clean Water Action.

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10/28/2013 - 14:00

2014 Eastern Pennsylvania Celebration

Boat House Row.jpgPlease join us at The Fairmount Rowing Association boathouse for our annual fundraising event to support Clean Water Fund's work to protect our water, our health and our future.

Get your tickets or learn more about sponsorship here!

This year, we have many wonderful items for auction including, a sailing tour, gift certificates to area restaurants and shops, theater tickets, outdoor adventures and much more!

Polluting Power Plants in Pennsylvania

There are 28 power plants in Pennsylvania and they dump millions of pounds of pollution* into our water every year. Click on the icons on the map to learn more about the power plant in your community.

Help us stop this toxic mess. Click here to tell EPA to end Power Plant Water Pollution
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