News Release | Environment America

Statement: EPA commits to PFAS drinking water standards

Following pressure from lawmakers and groups such as Environment America, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agreed today to begin setting enforceable drinking water standards on two toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). We commend the EPA for listening to the community, incorporating critical feedback, and responding appropriately to protect our drinking water from PFAS contamination.

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Statement: PFAS management plan falls short

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a “PFAS Management Plan” today that fails to establish drinking water standards for toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

News Release | Environment America

Clock starts on Dirty Water Rule 60-day comment period

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will publish its proposed replacement for the Clean Water Rule in the Federal Register on Feb. 14, initiating the 60-day public comment period. Considering the Dirty Water Rule would strip federal protections from thousands of waterways across the country, the EPA is giving Americans an astonishingly brief opportunity to speak out on the most sweeping attack on clean water in recent memory.

New, bipartisan legislation could help clean up a major threat to our water.

Report | Environment America Research and Policy Center

Accidents Waiting to Happen

Clean water is essential to America’s healthand welfare. Our lakes, rivers, streams and creeks provide us with water to drink, givecharacter to our most beautiful natural places, and give us places to fish and swim. Yet, across the country, thousands of miles of waterways are threatened by at least one of five major potential sources of contamination: coal ash pits, oil pipelines and trains, fracking wastewater pits, animal waste lagoons, and toxic chemical storage facilities.

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Environment America response to the 2019 State of the Union

In his second State of the Union address, President Donald Trump touched on a few topics, such as infrastructure, that are crucial to our environment and the future of our planet.

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Reports: EPA fails to make drinking water safe from toxic PFAS

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not establish federal limits in drinking water for two prevalent toxic chemicals. The agency’s forthcoming management plan for combatting per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) lacks safeguards on PFOA and PFOS, two of the best-understood toxic PFAS chemicals. These chemicals have contaminated drinking water from Michigan to North Carolina. In refusing to set limits for PFAS, EPA is abdicating its core mission to protect human health.

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Bipartisan PFAS Action Act would solve important piece of toxic puzzle

U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Dan Kildee (D-MI), and Fred Upton (R-MI) have introduced a House bill to combat toxic pollution from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The PFAS Action Act would require the EPA to classify all PFAS chemicals as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund program within a year, solving an important piece of this problem as we work toward a full and comprehensive solution.

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Environment America statement on the confirmation hearing for EPA Administrator nominee Andrew Wheeler

Today, the Senate held a hearing to consider the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which he has done on an interim basis since July. In his opening statement before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Acting Administrator Wheeler touted clean water as his priority—a laudable goal, but at odds with his record to date.

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EPA's mercury rule endangers public health

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to weaken the agency’s safeguards for toxic mercury pollution. Bart Johnsen-Harris, clean water advocate for Environment America, issued the following statement:

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