Pennsylvania

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

Pittsburgh City Council Resolution in Support of Waters of the US

WHEREAS, the nation’s rivers, streams, lakes and other bodies of water are economic drivers of our communities, provide recreational opportunities to countless people each year and are essential for public health; and,

WHEREAS, the Clean Water Act is the fundamental federal law protecting these waterways from pollution, degradation and destruction; and,

WHEREAS, streams and wetlands that supply drinking water, protect against floods and filter pollution were previously protected under the Clean Water Act, but federal policy changes over the last decade have left these streams and wetlands vulnerable to degradation or destruction; and,

Pennsylvania Currents | Spring-Summer 2014

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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, http://bit.ly/1nclpQg.
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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:

Protecting Philly’s Drinking Water: City Council Offers Full Fledged Support for EPA Proposal to Protect Clean Water

Philadelphia – Today, the Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to clarify which small streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act. Clean Water Action applauds the Council and thanks Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown for introducing the resolution (find the text of the resolution here).

“We need more leaders like Councilwoman Reynolds Brown and her fellow city councilmembers.

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06/12/2014 - 11:02

Pennsylvania's looser power plant air emissions controls criticized

Testifying at Tuesday's state Environmental Quality Board hearing in Pittsburgh, Rachel Martin Golman of Squirrel Hill said Pennsylvania's proposal for controlling power plant air emissions is so weak it is "unconscionable."

It was the kindest thing said by any of the 15 people testifying at the first of three public hearings against the power plant emissions rule proposed by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

"This rule would allow coal-burning power plants to emit pollution 40 percent higher than they are already emitting and nine times higher than what they can already achieve," Ms. Golman said. "It's letting the power plants off the hook."
Published Date: 
05/28/2014

Clean Water Action endorses Daylin Leach for U.S. Congress in the Democratic Primary in the 13th Congressional District.

Vote Daylin Leach!Pennsylvania’s environment is under constant attack by some on the right.  Governor Tom Corbett has been making certain parts of Pennsylvania and our state forests look like industrial golf courses full of holes and watery ponds filled with fracking chemicals. Representative Bill Shuster in Altoona and Representative Mike Fitzpatrick in southeastern Pennsylvania want to weaken the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Water Act proposal that would restore protections for more than half of the rivers and streams in PA and the drinking water for 8 million Pennsylvanians.  

Fortunately, we have a great opportunity to turn that tide by electing Daylin Leach.

Clean Water Action Endorses State Senator Daylin Leach for U.S. Congress

Strong environmental voting record key to endorsement 

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Today, Clean Water Action, a national environmental organization with 100,000 members in Pennsylvania, enthusiastically endorsed Democrat State Senator Daylin Leach for United States Congress (CD-13) in the Democratic Primary.   Senator Leach represented Pennsylvania citizens admirably in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate for a combined 12 years.  He has been a long time fighter for environmental issues.
 

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05/14/2014 - 13:30

PA-13: Clean Water Action Endorses Leach

The national environmental protection organization Clean Water Action has officially endorsed state Senator Daylin Leach in his bid for Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District seat.

Leach received an 100% voting approval rating from Clean Water Action for his last two legislative cycles, making his endorsement a bit of a no-brainer.
Published Date: 
05/14/2014
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