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Harmful Algal Outbreaks and Drinking Water

In summer 2014 the residents in and around Toledo, Ohio were told not to drink, cook, or bathe with the water from their faucets.

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Protecting Drinking Water From Hazardous Spills

In February, 2016 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) settled a lawsuit by committing to develop a program to prevent an clean-up chemical spills into our nation’s water bodies. 

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Putting Drinking Water First: Restoring Clean Water Act Protections to Streams and Wetlands

Clean Water Action’s Putting Drinking Water First approach means making drinking water impacts a primary consideration when developing regulations and other programs involving upstream activities that could negatively impact downstream drinking water sources. The EPA/Corps Clean Water Rule better protects tributaries that impact the health of downstream waters, include drinking water sources: The Clean Water Rule has concrete implications for source water protection and for drinking water quality.

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Tracking Attacks from Congress on Public Health, Clean Water, and Action on Climate Change

Big polluters have stacked Congress and the Trump Administration with their friends, and they have already started handing out favors. The polluter friendly agenda calls for rolling back our most vital protections for our water, air, climate and health.

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Tell EPA to protect our water from hazardous chemical spills

In 2014, a corroded chemical storage tank leaked 10,000 gallons of a chemical used to clean coal into the Elk River in West Virginia.

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Carbon Capture and Release

Oversight Failures in the Section 45Q Tax Credit for Enhanced Oil Recovery

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A Big Win For Clean Water

August 16, 2018

Today is a big day for clean water -- a federal court told the Trump administration that it went too far when it suspended enforcement of protections for streams and wetlands.

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Doing Something About EPA's Do-Nothing Plan

August 10, 2018

Imagine living near an industrial facility with aboveground storage tanks and not knowing what is in those tanks.  What if hazardous chemicals were stored in those tanks and that leaks or spills could contaminate a lake where you fish or swim, or a river that is also your drinking water source.  Wouldn’t you want to know that water in your community is protected?

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Short-term Satisfaction, Long-Term Ramifications: The Environmental Issues with Online Shopping

July 18, 2018

The addiction to instant gratification has turned e-commerce into an envir