News Release | Environment America

EPA plan allowing unlined coal ash pits puts drinking water at risk

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule Wednesday that would allow at least some unlined coal ash ponds to continue operating. The proposal is the administration’s fourth rollback of modest rules adopted in 2015 to protect Americans from this toxic residue.

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Testimony: Environment America calls for major federal funding to stop sewage overflows and get the lead out of drinking water

At a House Appropriations Committee on environmental spending this afternoon, John Rumpler, senior attorney and clean water program director for Environment America, will urge Congress to dramatically increase federal funding to protect our rivers and bays from sewage overflows and ensure safe drinking water for all Americans.

Making the Case for Investing in Clean Water

By | John Rumpler
Senior Director, Clean Water for America Campaign and Senior Attorney

What can be said in five minutes of Congressional testimony? John Rumpler, senior attorney and clean water program director for Environment America, testified at a House Appropriations Committee on environmental spending February 6th, urging Congress to dramatically increase federal funding to protect our rivers and bays from sewage overflows and ensure safe drinking water for all Americans.

News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

New Dirty Water Rule puts America’s drinking water and rivers at risk

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a rule that leaves half the nation’s wetlands and thousands of streams -- which help provide millions of Americans with drinking water -- without the federal protection of the Clean Water Act.

News Release | Environment America

New House resolution looks to protect our rivers, other waterways by urging the EPA to stop rollbacks

Reps. Debbie Dingell of Michigan and Chris Pappas of New Hampshire introduced a congressional resolution today calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to halt its myriad efforts to weaken the Clean Water Act. Environment America is urging all members of Congress to join the 71 original co-sponsors in supporting the resolution.

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Statement: House passes suite of clean water safeguards on “forever chemicals”

The U.S. House approved a bipartisan measure today to protect America’s water and air from toxic “forever chemicals” best known by the acronym PFAS. The PFAS Action Act (H.R. 535) passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 247–159. Environment America has long advocated for stronger protections on PFAS as part of its No Toxics On Tap campaign. The national nonpartisan organization successfully worked with Congress last year to phase out the military’s use of these chemicals in firefighting foams under the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. While that phaseout was a significant step, the PFAS Action Act takes further action to curtail continuing sources of pollution to water and air as well as establish new provisions to clean up existing contamination.

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Statement: Trump administration undermines key protections in bedrock environmental law

President Donald Trump announced today that his administration plans to make changes to one of America’s bedrock environmental laws, the National Environmental Policy Act.

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Environment America joins public interest groups in suing EPA to curb slaughterhouse pollution

Twelve conservation and community groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today for its decision to allow thousands of meat and poultry processing plants to continue using outdated pollution-control technology, leading to the contamination of waterways across the country.

News Release | Environment America

Congress compels military to phase out PFAS but misses key opportunity

The U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan measure today compelling the Pentagon to stop using PFAS-containing firefighting foams by 2024. Both chambers of Congress have now approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which the President is expected to sign into law before the end of the year. Negotiators notably omitted provisions to address PFAS pollution under Superfund and the Clean Water Act, both of which passed unanimously in the House bill.

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Environmental groups urge Congress back to the table on PFAS

Two major environmental organizations are calling on Congress today to come back to the negotiating table to protect the public from toxic “forever chemicals.” Environment America and the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) denounced the recent decision by lawmakers to drop critical protections against these chemicals from the National Defense Authorization Act.

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