Washington - Today Clean Water Action called on the U.S. Congress to allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to close loopholes in Clean Water Act protection. At the same time, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate held a rare joint hearing on the proposal, which is overwhelmingly supported by over 800,000 commenters, including hundreds of local elected officials.
"Despite the overwhelming support from the public and elected officials, the majority leadership in Congress seems determined to cater to special interests like industrial agriculture and fossil fuels" said Robert Wendelgass, President and CEO of Clean Water Action. "Elected officials from Connecticut to California commented in favor of the proposal and asked the agencies to finalize an even stronger rule. "
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ - Today concerned citizens from across the state joined together at Governor Christie's town hall meeting to oppose his administration's proposed settlement agreement with Exxon Mobil. Outraged residents called on the Governor to reject the deal, which would allow the corporation to pay pennies on the dollar for natural resource damages after decades of pollution. The state originally requested $8.9 billion, but is now proposing to accept $225 million.
Annapolis, MD--In the first session of a 4 year term which saw 68 new legislators and a new Republican Governor, Clean Water Action successfully advanced protections for the state’s water resources and the health of its communities.
The 2015 session began with bills to repeal the 2012 Watershed Protection and Restoration Act, the state moving to permit fracking in western Maryland, and the withdrawal of phosphorous management regulations by the recently elected Governor. Years of environmental policy and advocacy work for water resource protections and programs appeared to be under siege.