News Release | Environment America

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:

News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Industrial polluters dumping into rivers and lakes as Trump administration rolls back clean water protections

Industrial facilities dumped excessive pollution into U. S. waterways at least 8,148 times over a recent 21-month period, according to Troubled Waters, a new report by Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group.

Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Troubled Waters

Over a 21-month period from January 2016 to September 2017, major industrial facilities released pollution that exceeded the levels allowed under their Clean Water Act permits more than 8,100 times. Often, these polluters faced no fines or penalties.

News Release | Environment America

As Presidential Task Force Convenes, Environment America Urges the Trump Administration to Get the Lead Out

As EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt today convenes the long-standing Presidential Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children to discuss lead contamination, John Rumpler, director of Environment America’s Clean Water for America campaign, made the following statement:

News Release | Environment America

Statement of Megan DeSmedt, Environment America Clean Water Campaign Director, on the DRBC proposal to ban fracking in the Delaware River Watershed

“Good morning Commissioners, and thank you for the opportunity to speak. My name is Megan DeSmedt and I am the clean water campaign director with Environment America. We are a citizen based environmental advocacy group with a presence in states across the country. I am here today representing our 1.5 million members, supporters, and activists across the country including almost 300,000 here in the watershed from our state based organizations PennEnvironment, Environment New Jersey, and Environment New York. I also am here as a resident, I live in South Philadelphia, just a few miles away."

News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Environment America Praises Plan to Ban Fracking near Delaware River, Says Questions Remain on Toxic Wastewater Disposal

Late yesterday, regulators released a long-awaited proposal to ban fracking in the Delaware River watershed, which provides drinking water to 15 million people.  Environment America and its state affiliates hailed the proposed ban as a key step to protect the Delaware from the hazards of dirty drilling, even as the groups examine what further action is needed on issues like toxic wastewater disposal.

News Release | Environment America

Environmental Groups Reach Major Clean Water Settlement with Pilgrim's Pride

Environment America announced today the filing of a proposed consent decree in federal court to settle a lawsuit against Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation for alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act at the company’s poultry processing plant in Live Oak, Florida. 

News Release | Environment America

Health, Business, and Community Voices Urge EPA to Keep Clean Water Rule

Today more than 600 leaders from 43 states – including doctors and nurses, business owners, state and local officials, and watershed activists - urged U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to maintain the Clean Water Rule.  Environment America Research & Policy Center submitted their comments in response to EPA’s proposal to dismantle the Rule, which restored federal protections to drinking water sources for 117 million Americans.

News Release | Environment America

Health, Business, and Community Voices Urge EPA to Keep Clean Water Rule

Today more than 600 leaders from 43 states – including doctors and nurses, business owners, state and local officials, and watershed activists - urged U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to maintain the Clean Water Rule.  Environment America Research & Policy Center submitted their comments in response to EPA’s proposal to dismantle the Rule, which restored federal protections to drinking water sources for 117 million Americans.

Friday morning at 5 a.m. The sky is dark, but the roads are clear and I’m just a few miles away from my AirBnb in Murfreesboro, Tennessee — valuables, pup and nourishment in tow. After 18 hours of driving, I’m exhausted but grateful to be out of harm’s way.

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