Washington – The Obama Administration put drinking water first today, taking a critical step toward restoring Clean Water Act protection for the sources of drinking water for one in three Americans. Clean Water Action applauds this vital proposal, which comes after more than 12 years of pressure by the organization and its members, urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) to close gaps in protection for nearly 20 million acres of wetlands and half of the nation’s small streams.
Washington: Today Waterkeeper Alliance and Yadkin Riverkeeper released new findings that toxic coal ash is still pouring into the Dan River in North Carolina. Earlier in the day, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh launched a Federal Grand Jury Investigation into the spill, the third largest coal ash spill in US history. Clean Water Action Campaign Director Lynn Thorp released this statement.
Washington, D.C. — Clean Water Action welcomed today’s pre-publication by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of permitting guidelines for hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas where diesel is used in fracturing fluids. “These recommendations are needed to protect drinking water sources from some of the worst chemicals found in the hydraulic fracturing process and to enable the Safe Drinking Water Act to be implemented where diesel is used in drilling operations,” said Clean Water Action President Robert Wendelgass.
SAN FRANCISCO (April 15, 2014) – The California Department of Public Health today announced its final drinking water standard for the toxic chemical hexavalent chromium made infamous in the film Erin Brockovich. The state’s new Maximum Contaminant Level of 10 parts per billion is 500 times greater than the level identified as safe by the California Environmental Protection Agency.