Washington, DC - Tonight, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1734 which weakens the Environmental Protection Agency's recently issued coal ash rule. Clean Water Action Water Programs Director, Jennifer Peters, released the following statement:
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
Newark, NJ-This week, Clean Water Action and NJ Environmental Justice Alliance (NJEJA), both founding members of the Coalition for Healthy Ports, held a Truck Count and Walking Tour in the South Ward of Newark, which is surrounded by highways, the airport, railroads, trucks, a superfund site, polluting industry and the Port of Newark.