Over the weekend, 400,000 people in the Toledo, Ohio area were told that they should not use their tap water. While the ban on water use has been lifted as of this morning, this massive disruption is further proof that we are not doing enough to put drinking water first. In fact, not only are Congress and our state legislatures not doing enough, many elected officials are actively interfering in efforts protect clean water. Clean Water Action’s National Campaigns Director Lynn Thorp released this statement and the following set of policy recommendations:
“What happened in Toledo over the weekend is hardly surprising. It fits the pattern that we see time and time again – because we refuse to protect clean water upstream, we rely on our Public Water Systems to solve preventable pollution problems.
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).
Pittsburgh - Today, the Pittsburgh City Council stood up for clean water and all Pittsburghers and unanimously passed a resolution in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to protect clean water. EPA's proposal would clarify which small streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act. Clean Water Action commends the Council and thanks Councilmen Dan Gilman and Corey O'Connor for introducing the resolution (find the text of the resolution here).
Trenton, NJ - A broad coalition of environmental, community, labor and faith-based groups from around the state are calling on members of the New Jersey Legislature to put in place protections against toxic fracking waste. The Legislature passed the bill in June, but Gov. Christie announced his veto of the bill on Friday. The legislation bans the disposal, treatment, and discharge of waste created through the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas, and can still be put in place if the Legislature overrides the Governor's veto. At the campaign launch, the coalition unveiled the new symbol for the campaign, a dump truck meeting STOP signs.