As the president said in June 2013, we "don't have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society". We couldn't agree more. President Obama also asked if we have "the courage to act before it's too late". We think we do and that's why Clean Water Action and our million members are committed to working with the president, with Congress and State Legislatures...with anyone who is willing to join us to combat climate change before it's too late.
The new Showtime series,Years of Living Dangerously brings the storyof Climate Change home in ways that everyone can understand and share. It debuts on April 13th. Catch a sneak preview of the first episode right here.
Long-time friends, Congressional champions, loyal members and volunteers, Board leaders, allies and former staff gathered in Washington, DC last fall as part of a year of celebrations marking the Clean Water Act’s 40th anniversary. We put together an abbreviated list of Clean Water Fund and Clean Water Action’s accomplishments for that event, but our best years are by no means behind us.
In fact, 2012 and 2013 have brought many additional important victories for our health and
environment. Our environmental health coalition won new laws in Minnesota to protect infants and children from formaldehyde and BPA. We’ve advanced water conservation in Texas with a new law preventing homeowner associations from banning water efficient landscaping. We’ve helped dozens of cities and towns in California to ban plastic bags and/or foam foodware. Plans for two proposed new coal-burning power plants in Michigan have been scrapped, creating new opportunities for renewable energy and economic growth. And that’s just some of what we’ve accomplished together in the past two years.
Clean Water Action’s analysis of supporting documents for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Proposed Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Steam Electric Power Generating Point Source Category confirms that power plant discharges to surface water often include contaminants that experts consider to be “contaminants of concern” when found in drinking water. For example, arsenic, lead, selenium and mercury are all commonly found in power plant discharges to water, and all are contaminants of long-standing concern in drinking water.