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.
September's good water news, in two parts.
First: On September 18th, roughly 12 years after pro-polluter court decisions and actions by the Bush Administration weakened critical Clean Water Act protections, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency annouced it is taking important steps to clarify what water resources qualify for federal protections. Once finalized, this action will close protection gaps that have left drinking water sources for 117 million Americans vulnerable to contamination and destruction.