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.

Months of negotiation and advocacy kept Congress' massive agriculture bill from being a disaster for the environment.

The Trump administration is moving forward with a plan that could jeopardize the drinking water of as many as one in three Americans.

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 Research & Policy Center

Report Urges Strong Action to Protect the Delaware River, even as Trump administration proposes to weaken Clean Water Act

Environment America Research & Policy Center and our state partners today issued our report and recommendations to address threats to Delaware River watershed water quality, based on its first-of-its-kind interactive map of the Delaware River watershed. The report, “Threats to Clean Water in the Delaware River Basin: Insights from the Interactive Online Map & Recommendations,” urges policymakers to use the full suite of tools under the Clean Water Act to protect the Delaware River watershed.  The report comes on the heels of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposal to dramatically scale back streams and wetlands under federal protection.

News Release | Environment America

Trump administration’s Federal Action Plan on lead falls short

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Federal Action Plan to Reduce Lead Exposures and Associated Health Impacts. John Rumpler, director of Environment America’s Clean Water for America campaign, made the following statement in response:

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:

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