A new Harvard study released yesterday listed Minnesota as one of thirteen states with the most frequent detections of PFASs chemicals in drinking water.
Last week the Texas Attorney General joined a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) standards to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations. The methane pollution standard would serve as a federal backstop to protect local air quality for communities living near oil and gas development, while also reducing methane emissions which speed up the impacts of climate change.
“The choice could not be more clear,” said Bob Wendelgass, Clean Water Action’s President and CEO “Hillary Clinton is a long-time champion who believes that climate change is the defining challenge of our time. Her agenda to reduce the impact and use of fossil fuels, safeguard public lands and wildlife, and protect clean water is the most ambitious in history.”
Watchdog Groups Settle First-Ever Prop 65 Lawsuit to Clean Up Polluting Oil and Gas Wastewater Pits
“California's new methane protections are an important step forward and will rein in pollution from one of the dirtiest industries in the state.” said Andrew Grinberg of Clean Water Action. “The oil and gas industry needs strong rules and strict enforcement to limit damage to communities and the climate. EPA should follow California’s lead and enact national methane standards for existing oil and gas infrastructure.”
Trenton, NJ--Today at the Statehouse environmental groups and clean water advocates are standing up against the Christie Administration's 2-prong attack to weaken DEP's Flood Hazard Rules. These rules are hazardous and will cause more flooding and pollution of drinking water across New Jersey. The first prong went into effect June 20th, allowing developers to gain permits under these weak rules that will be active even if we can get better rules in the future. This Friday DEP is holding a public hearing on the 2nd prong, a concurrent rule with only minor changes that is almost just as bad.
“The appointment of a former BP lobbyist to the DEQ is a slap in the face to Michigan residents and especially the people of Flint,” said Clay Carpenter, campaign organizer for Clean Water Action. “We need a leader who is committed to environmental stewardship and protecting our water instead of a lobbyist for a company with one of the worst records for pollution in the country.”
Newark, NJ--Today, City of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka joined Coalition for Healthy Ports (CHP) members Kim Gaddy of Clean Water Action and Melissa Miles of Ironbound Community Corporation for a press conference on the steps of City Hall and a motorcade to a rally at the Port Authority of NY&NJ (PANYNJ) to demand clean air and good jobs now.
Pittsburgh – Following the release this week of the latest lead testing results of Pittsburgh drinking water by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA), Clean Water Action called for strong action to protect children in Pittsburgh from lead exposure.