News Release | Environment America

America’s Waterways under Attack by Senators Barrasso and Heller

This week, the U.S. Senate could vote on an amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill that would put the health of America’s waterways like the Everglades, the Colorado River, and the Chesapeake Bay at risk.  If passed, the amendment introduced by Senators John Barrasso (WY) and Dean Heller (NV) would block the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA from restoring the Clean Water Act, leaving the drinking water of 117 million Americans vulnerable to polluters. 

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U.S. EPA Proposes Protections against Air Pollution from Oil and Gas Industry

As U.S. EPA held a public hearing today in Pittsburgh, Environment America praised the agency’s proposed rules to curb air pollution from oil and gas operations as part of an urgently needed response to the public health threats posed by ‘fracking’.

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Senate Must Craft Energy & Water Bill that Protects Health and the Environment

Today, the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations subcommittee will mark-up a bill to fund federal water and energy programs. In July, the House passed the Fiscal Year 2012 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill (HR 2354). The House bill made large cuts to the Department of Energy budget, especially to energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Additionally, the bill contained a rider that would block the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing new Clean Water Act protections for streams and wetlands across the country.

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Environment America Says DOE Panel Offers Good First Steps on Fracking, But Concludes Moratorium Still Needed to Protect Environment and Health

The report released yesterday by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Subcommittee on Shale Gas Production includes good first steps to reduce some of the harms of hydraulic fracturing, but the group concludes that a moratorium is still necessary to protect the environment and public health.

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Environment Rhode Island Announces Filing of Landmark Settlement to Keep Sewage out of Newport Beaches and Harbor

Environment Rhode Island declared a critical victory for Newport beaches and harbor today, announcing that the City of Newport has agreed to take steps to end its illegal sewage and stormwater pollution.

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More Than 170,000 Americans Urge EPA to Protect our Waterways

On July 28, thousands of public comments were delivered to the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters calling for strong clean water protections.

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Pennsylvania Environmental Groups Win Record Penalty Against PA Water Polluter

After more than four years of litigation, PennEnvironment, the Sierra Club, and several of their local members have succeeded in imposing the largest penalty in Pennsylvania history against a water polluter under the federal Clean Water Act’s citizen enforcement provision.

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As Memorial Day Approaches, New Jersey Group Calls on Gov. Christie to Clean Up Shore Pollution

Environment New Jersey launched a major public education and grassroots mobilization effort today to build support for a plan to clean up water pollution at the Shore and Barnegat Bay. Pollution from overdevelopment threatens all the state’s coastal waters.

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National Research Council Faults States for Water Protection Failures

Today the National Research Council of the National Academies issued a new report covering states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed: “Achieving Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Goals in the Chesapeake Bay: An Evaluation of Program Strategies and Implementation.” The report analyzes the tracking and verification of water cleanup actions. The report notes that many current measures are “low-hanging fruit,” like cover crops and sewage treatment plant upgrades. Very soon, states will need to start implementing more innovative approaches.

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Landmark Clean Water Announcement

Environment America hailed the Obama administration for releasing a proposed guidance that, if adopted, would restore Clean Water Act protections to vital streams across the country and protect American’s drinking water. In response to the announcement, Environment America is launching a major initiative to build support for clean water protections.

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