Pennsylvania

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:

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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

Canvass Director and Assistant Canvass Director Positions Now Available

Clean Water Action is the nation’s largest grassroots group focused on water, energy and environmental health.  Clean Water Action’s 1 million members participate in Clean Water Action’s programs for clean, water, prevention of health-threatening pollution, and creation of environmentally-safe jobs and businesses.  Clean Water Action’s nonpartisan campaigns empower people to make democracy work.

Proposed federal EPA rule would protect streams, wetlands

Thousands of miles of headwater streams and wetlands acreage in Pennsylvania and many more across the nation would have pollution and encroachment protections restored under a new Clean Water Act rule the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed Tuesday.

The rule would cover most wetlands, smaller headwater streams, and intermittent and ephemeral streams that flow only briefly following rainfalls, imposing stricter federal pollution controls.

Outlined in a 371-page document, the proposed rule aims to clear up a dozen years of regulatory confusion created by two complex U.S. Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 and directives issued by the George W. Bush administration that limited Clean Water Act jurisdiction and enforcement.
Published Date: 
03/25/2014

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.

Tell DEP: We Need Better Oil and Gas Laws!

Polls by Muhlenberg College, University of Michigan, and Mercyhurst University show that like you, a majority of Pennsylvanians want to see stronger regulations on natural gas drilling enacted in order to protect our water and our health.  You have the opportunity to make that happen - Click here to send a message to DEP today!

PA Chemical Tank Laws Tougher Than West Virginia

The chemical leak at Freedom Industries that left 300,000 people without water in West Virginia brings up questions in other states, like Pennsylvania, about the possibility of other water contamination catastrophes. There have been spills into Pennsylvania waterways before, and regulators say those incidents have led to more strict laws here. Regulators say a spill is less likely here than in West Virginia, but clean water advocates aren't so sure.

On Neville Island, in the Ohio River, a few miles west of downtown Pittsburgh, the eastern end of island is thick with chemical and industrial plants, belching out smoke and steam.
Published Date: 
01/17/2014

Tell Governor Corbett - Stop Working for the Gas Industry

CWARoundButtonBlueTakeAction.pngAt the end of 2013 everyone working to protect our state from dangerous gas drilling received a wonderful gift.  The PA Supreme Court ruled that Act 13 violated our state constitution by preventing local governments from keeping gas drilling out of residential and other areas that need protection. This is a huge defeat for the gas industry’s attempt to be able to drill everywhere in the state, and ignore local zoning laws and ordinances. Make sure Governor Corbett stops working to overturn the ruling - click here.
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