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Lead and Drinking Water

Lead is a highly poisonous metal and can affect almost every organ in the body and the nervous system. It is a naturally occurring element found, due to human activity, in all parts of our environment.

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Sacrificing Water for Oil and Gas Profit

The Aquifer Exemption program in the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Underground Injection Control (UIC) program allows certain oil and gas and mining activity to occur in groundwater that would otherwise be protected as a drinking water source. 

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Tell EPA: Reduce Methane Pollution

Let EPA Administrator McCarthy know you want strong standards for ALL sources of methane pollution before President Obama leaves office.

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Putting Drinking Water First

Putting Drinking Water First is at the core of Clean Water’s campaigns on drinking water policy and the pollution sources that threaten our drinking water.

From We All Live Downstream

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Cutting Methane: Leadership from California

July 22, 2016

On Thursday, California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) took a big step to rein in harmful emissions from oil and gas operations. Methane, a common byproduct of oil production and a major component of gas, is a potent greenhouse gas that is 86 times more heat trapping than carbon dioxide in the short term.

pump jack / photo: shutterstock, Arina P Habich

The Oil and Gas Industry’s Web of Denial

July 11, 2016

If it feels like the oil and gas industry has a leg up when it comes to developing policies that affect our health and the environment – you are not crazy.

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EPA Bans Oil & Gas Wastewater from Municipal Water Treatment Plants

June 24, 2016

EPA recently finalized a rule under the Clean Water Act to protect rivers and drinking water supplies from direct discharges of fracking wastewater by municipal sewage plants.