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Senate Passes Farm Bill Clean of Anti-Environmental Riders

This afternoon, the U.S. Senate passed a Farm Bill free of several anti-environmental provisions included in the House version by a vote of 86 to 11. Bart Johnsen-Harris, Clean Water Advocate for Environment America, issued the following statement:

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Congress Should Reject Anti-Environmental Farm Bill

“Poisoning our water and land to grow our food makes no sense.  Congress should start over with a Farm Bill that promotes healthy food and clean water.” - John Rumpler, Environment America

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Lead contamination in schools’ drinking water: worse than previously thought

Lead contamination in our schools is more pervasive than previously thought, according to water testing data from 20 states published in a national interactive map by Environment America and U.S. PIRG today. As schools begin summer break, the groups urge public officials to take swift action to Get the Lead Out of schools’ drinking water.

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Congress Rejects Anti-Environmental Farm Bill

“Poisoning our water and land to grow our food makes no sense.  Congress should start over with a Farm Bill that promotes healthy food and clean water.” John Rumpler, Environment America.

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“The notion that we should poison our water and land to grow our food is unconscionable” - John Rumpler, Environment America

This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives began debate on a Farm Bill (H.R. 2) loaded with anti-environmental provisions. John Rumpler, Environment America’s senior attorney and clean water program director, issued the following statement.

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Pilgrim's Pride Investors Call on Company to Curb Water Pollution

On Thursday, Pilgrim’s Pride - second-largest chicken producer in the world – will face a shareholder resolution calling on the company to curb water pollution from its operations and supply chain.  The demand for action comes after the company settled a citizens’ suit from Environment America for $1.43 million for dumping toxic wastewater into Florida’s Suwannee River. 

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Coal Ash Ponds Put our Waterways at Risk

Toxic ponds filled with billions of gallons of waste from coal plants across the United States pose a threat to hundreds of rivers and lakes, and millions of Americans who live near them. As the public comment period closes on the Trump administration’s proposal to weaken current rules protecting waterways, Accidents Waiting to Happen: Coal Ash Ponds Put Our Waterways at Risk, a new report from Environment America Research & Policy Center, U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group,  documents the toxic pollution threats from these poorly-regulated waste pits. 

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Health Experts and Advocates Issue Joint Call to “Get the Lead Out” at Schools and Child Care

National experts in education, child care and children's health today issued a joint call to get the lead out of schools and child care facilities.   Released during National Public Health Week, the new report echoes the key recommendation of Environment America and U.S. PIRG Education Fund’s joint “Get the Lead Out” campaign – that the best way to protect children’s health is to remove lead.

Congress passed its spending bill. Here’s how the environment fared.

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

It’s exceedingly rare these days that Congress gives environmentalists something to celebrate. But I’m happy to report that the spending bill passed last week deserves our mild applause

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Environment America Statement on the FY18 Omnibus

The House passed a comprehensive spending bill for the upcoming year that provides funding for many key programs in the public interest. Importantly, what’s not in the bill is just as important as what is in it. While it’s not a perfect bill, it’s significantly better than it could have been. The Senate should now approve it. Christy Leavitt, Environment America’s senior director for the campaign to defend our environment, responded with this statement: