Health benefits of a strong rule worth hundreds of millions of dollars each year
Washington, D.C. – Power plants discharge more than 5.5 billion pounds of pollutants into U.S. waterways every year, contributing to the contamination of more than 23,000 miles of rivers and 185 water bodies whose fish are too toxic to eat.
As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) weighs the nation’s first limits on toxic water pollution from power plants -- due in September -- a new report details the damage caused by the wastewater and the need for strong regulations to protect public health.
The report, “Selling Our Health Down the River,” presents evidence that EPA has been under-estimating the public health benefits of controlling metals including arsenic and hexavalent chromium (which can increase the risk of cancer), as well as lead and mercury (which can cause brain damage) released by power plants into rivers, streams, and lakes.
EPA Fracking Assessment Exposes Threats to Drinking Water from Oil and Gas
For Immediate Release
May 27, 2015
Washington - Today the Obama administration closed loopholes that left the drinking water sources for more than 1 in 3 Americans at risk of pollution and destruction with the release of its long-awaited Clean Water Rule . A number of environmental, wildlife, and sportsmen groups praised the rule, which ensures Clean Water Act protections for streams and wetlands across the country, but warned that there are multiple efforts underway in Congress to weaken, undermine, or stop the rule completely.
For Immediate Release: June 19, 2015
Contact: Jeff Tittel, Director, NJ Sierra Club, 609-558-9100
Dave Pringle, Campaign Director, NJ Clean Water Action, 732-996-4288
Maya van Rossum, Riverkeeper, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, 215 369 1188 ext 102
Jim Walsh, Eastern Region Director, Food and Water Watch, 732-979-6883
Doug O'Malley, Director, Environment New Jersey, 917-449-6812
PHOTO: Edward Kelly, president of the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, testifies before the MA Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.