EPA announces rules to protect clean water

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

More than 40 years ago, Congress passed the Clean Water Act with a clear goal of making all of our rivers, lakes, streams, and other waters clean. Most Americans would be appalled to learn that a set of Supreme Court decisions created an open question as to whether thousands of our streams and wetlands across the country remain protected by the Act.

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Stop Fracking Our Future

Across the country, fracking is contaminating drinking water, making nearby families sick with air pollution, and turning forest acres into industrial zones. Yet the oil and gas industry is pushing to expand this dirty drilling—to new states and even near critical drinking water supplies for millions of Americans. We need to show massive public support to stop the oil and gas industry from fracking our future.

News Release | Environment America

Obama Administration Should Use Sound Science to Protect America's Waterways

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Obama administration has taken a significant step forward in clarifying the science connecting America’s waterways and the drinking water for millions across the country. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board released a report today, “Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence” that reviews the scientific literature outlining the impact that small waterways have on larger bodies of water downstream. At the same time, the Obama administration is expected to move forward with a rule to clarify protections for America’s waterways.

News Release | Environment America

House Subcommittee Guts Parks, Clean Water, and Climate Protections

Washington, D.C. – This morning, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies moved to slash the FY 2014 Interior and Environment Appropriations budget by 18 percent.

The bill zeroes out the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a program designed to protect and expand parks, while falling short of restoring years of budget cuts to the National Park Service. It also blocks progress on clean water and climate. Environment America’s DC Office Director Anna Aurilio issued the following statement:

News Release | Environment America

Congratulations Gina McCarthy, Our New EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Moments ago, in a bipartisan vote of 59 to 40, the U.S. Senate confirmed Gina McCarthy as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The confirmation came within a month of President Obama instructing the EPA to cut carbon pollution from power plants as part of his plan to fight global warming. Margie Alt, executive director for Environment America, issued the following statement in response:

News Release | Environment America

Senate Finally Ending Debate on EPA Nominee Gina McCarthy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After 154 days of the Environmental Protection Agency operating without a permanent administrator, the U.S. Senate today voted to end debate on Gina McCarthy leading the agency. The Senate now prepares to make a final vote to confirm or reject McCarthy for the post. Margie Alt, executive director for Environment America, issued the following statement in response:

News Release | Environment America

EPA Balks at Cleaning-up Factory Farm Pollution

Washington, D.C. — Despite receiving more than 35,000 public comments last October urging them to protect our waterways from agricultural waste run-off, the Environmental Protection Agency announced today that they would not be issuing a standard to clean up pollution from the nation’s factory farms. Anna Aurilio, director of the D.C. office for Environment America, issued the following statement in response:

News Release | Environment America

Environment America Praises Reps. Cartwright and Polis for Introducing Bills to Cut Air and Water Pollution from Fracking

Washington, D.C.—Today Congressman Matt Cartwright (Penn.) and Congressman Jared Polis (Colo.) introduced two bills in the U.S. House of Representatives to close loopholes in the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act for fracking operations.

News Release | Environment Maine

Pipeline Application Means “Dirtiest Oil on the Planet” Is Headed to New England’s Doorstep

Canada’s mega-oil pipeline company Enbridge filed an application today to move forward on the reversal of its Line 9 pipeline, likely bringing tar sands oil eastward to Montreal.  If approved, this would open the door to bringing the corrosive tar sands through Ontario, Quebec, and New England for export.  

News Release | Environment America

Clean Water Act Turns 40 – Progress Made, More Needed

Today, October 18, 2012, marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a landmark environmental law. The Clean Water Act was enacted after years of citizen outrage about massive and persistent water pollution across the country.  Ohio’s Cuyahoga River was so polluted it even repeatedly caught on fire.

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