Pennsylvania

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.

Corbett Drilling Law Overturned by State Supreme Court

 --Municipalities Urged to Exercise Rights to Protect Residents--

(Pittsburgh) – Clean Water Action applauded the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling today that overturned Act 13, state legislation backed by Gov. Corbett and the oil and gas industry to rewrite state gas drilling rules.  The court specifically overturned portions of Act 13 that required municipalities to allow drilling in all zoning districts, including residential areas.

“We opposed the restrictions on municipal zoning rights that Act 13 represented, and we are pleased to see the courts agree that Governor Corbett and our state legislature cannot allow one industry to ignore local laws,” stated Myron Arnowitt, PA State Director for Clean Water Action.

Published On: 
12/19/2013 - 14:51

Take Action for Better Protection for the Allegheny River

The Allegheny River belongs to you. It is a source of drinking water and used for swimming, boating, and fishing. We share your commitment to protecting the Allegheny River. That is why we took legal action when we learned that discharges of gas drilling wastewater from Waste Treatment Corporation (WTC) were harming the Allegheny’s water quality and aquatic life. A month after Clean Water Action filed a federal suit against WTC, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is finally taking action.

Unfortunately, DEP's action is not nearly as strong as it needs to be. Click here to tell DEP that we need better protection for the Allegheny today!

Allegheny County dwellers have greater risk of cancer, Pitt study finds

A report prepared for the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health finds cancer risk factors for Allegheny County residents are more than twice as high as for residents of surrounding rural areas.

Using the latest National Air Toxics Assessment from the Environmental Protection Agency dating back to 2005, Pitt researchers found air pollution made the risk 20 times greater for those in West Elizabeth and Clairton.

“The residents of Clairton and the Mon Valley always have known these things have been happening,” said Clairton's Lee Lasich, who joined Clean Water Action nine years ago.
Published Date: 
12/02/2013

DEP aims to reduce Waste Treatment Corp.'s discharges into river

A proposed state consent decree would give a Warren County wastewater treatment company with a history of violations two years to stop discharging gas-drilling water containing high levels of pollutants into the Allegheny River.

The state Department of Environmental Protection's proposed settlement would require Waste Treatment Corp. to install additional wastewater treatment mechanisms to remove 99 percent of the pollutants by Jan. 1, 2016, but would allow it to continue its 200,000-gallon-a-day discharges into the river until then.
Published Date: 
11/27/2013

Make a Year End Gift for Clean Water in PennsylvaniaToday!

Clean Water Art WorkWe need action now to secure a clean water future for everyone. I support the goal of fishable, swimmable, drinkable water for Pennsylvania and throughout the country.

Success on many of our top clean water priorities has never been closer - restoring protection for small streams and wetlands, controlling polluted runoff,
reducing toxic pollution that threatens our drinking water, and more - we just need you. This progress, and the positive momentum we're talking about didn’t happen automatically — it happened thanks to Clean Water Action members like you.

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