Pennsylvania

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.
 

Published On: 
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

More oil-by-rail heads to region's refineries

At the Delaware River wharf where Appalachian coal trains once unloaded their cargo, 108 rail tankers lined up Tuesday to deliver a new distant energy source - crude oil from North Dakota.

The Eddystone Rail Facility, built on leased land surrounding an aging Exelon Corp. power plant, is the latest oil-by-rail facility to open in the area, adding capacity to handle the cheap domestic crude oil that has become the salvation of the region's financially embattled refineries - but has also raised safety concerns about unprecedented rail movements of oil.
Published Date: 
05/14/2014

Groups: Representative Shuster is wrong about EPA’s proposal to protect clean water

Berks Gas Truth – Clean Air Council – Clean Water Action – Delaware Riverkeeper Network – Juniata Valley Audubon Society – League of Women Voters of PA –Lehigh Valley Gas Truth – Mountain Watershed Association –  Partnership for Sustainability in Delaware – Sierra Club PA Chapeter Raymond Proffitt Foundation – Upper Burrell Citizens Against Marcellus Pollution (CAMP)

For Immediate Release: 4.28.14

Pittsburgh – Today, Representative Bill Shuster (R- PA 9th District) stacked a field hearing of the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to restore Clean Water Act protections to the streams and wetlands that feeds the drinking water sources for 117 million Americans, including more than 8 million Pennsylvanians.  Despite the fact that millions of Pennsylvanians support action to protect their drinking water supplies, Rep. Schuster only invited, aside from a Department of Environmental Protection official, testimony from representatives from industries that have worked to weaken the Clean Water Act for 40 years. A coalition of environmental and conservation groups released this statement on the hearing:

Published On: 
04/28/2014 - 09:10

Toomey wants EPA to stop water rule

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey expressed his concerns over a proposal that would change which waterways can be regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency with Cumberland County farmers Friday.

The Clean Water Act gives the EPA the right to regulate navigable bodies of water that flow between states. Toomey says the EPA proposal would dramatically expand that.

"The EPA's new rule would virtually make all outdoor water eligible for their regulation," Toomey said. "What if a farmer has a stretch of land, that every once in a great while, in a very heavy rain, develops a big puddle that stands for awhile? Are they going to come in and decide to tell him whether or not he can plant in that space?"
Published Date: 
04/04/2014
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