Washington DC – Clean Water Action is appalled that the leadership of the US House of Representatives appears willing to shut down the federal government in order to win passage of budget riders limiting the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and prohibiting funding for Planned Parenthood.
While recent press reports have indicated that the EPA restrictions may no longer be on the table, the House Republican leadership has brought the federal government close to the brink of shutdown over policy issues that should not be part of budget negotiations.
WASHINGTON, DC – This week the Government Accountability Office released DRINKING WATER: EPA Program to Protect Underground Sources from Injection of Fluids Associated with Oil and Gas Production Needs Improvement, the results of its two year investigation into the Environmental Protect Agency’s (EPA) Underground Injection Control (UIC) program. Clean Water Action welcomes this much needed investigation into oversight challenges in the UIC program and calls on EPA to implement the recommendations detailed within the report (view the report here).
BOSTON—Today the House and Senate enacted S.2303 An Act relative to mercury management, which environmental groups decried as a mercury-products industry wish list, and a weak nod to the regional goal of virtual elimination of mercury pollution.
“If the industry wish list is a ‘1’ and the environmental community’s wish list is a ‘10’, this bill comes in at about a ‘3’,” said Elizabeth Saunders, Massachusetts Director for Clean Water Action. “Reducing mercury pollution is an important public health problem and the women and children of Massachusetts deserve better protection than the Massachusetts legislature has provided with this bill.”