News Release | Environment America

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.

News Release | Environment America

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.

News Release | Environment America

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.

News Release | Environment America

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:

News Release | Environment America

EPA “Dirty Water Rule” would drastically roll back pollution safeguards

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveils its proposed replacement for the Clean Water Rule. The new rule would drastically roll back Clean Water Act protections from vast networks of streams and wetlands across the country.

News Release | Environment America

Congress announces deal on “clean” Farm Bill

Today, after months of negotiation, the U.S. House and Senate released details of a deal they reached last week on the Farm Bill. The new, reconciled Farm Bill more closely resembles the bipartisan bill that passed the Senate in June, free from the anti-environmental provisions included in the House bill. Bart Johnsen-Harris, clean water advocate for Environment America, issued the following statement:

News Release | Environment America

Details leak on EPA plan to roll back federal clean water protections

Today, details leaked about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed replacement for the Clean Water Rule. The new “Dirty Water Rule” would replace the landmark 2015 environmental protection regulation, jeopardizing sources of drinking water for one in three Americans that the Clean Water Rule protected.

News Release | Environment America

Congress passes new provisions to safeguard drinking water and curb sewage overflows

Today, in a 99-1 vote, the U.S. Senate passed America’s Water Infrastructure Act (S. 3021), which includes provisions to protect drinking water and stop sewage overflows.

The Delaware River Watershed: New Interactive Pollution Map

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

The Delaware River watershed is a vital source of clean water for drinking, wildlife, and recreation. Its waterways also face a variety of threats – from day-to-day challenges such as polluted runoff and industrial waste, to rare but catastrophic events such as oil spills.

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