Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund have found large problems with SDWA and how the Act protects drinking water from certain oil and gas and uranium mining activities. A groundbreaking report and a white paper, released in January 2015, explores two SDWA programs - the Aquifer Exemption Program and the Under Injection Control Class II Program.
This is the second in a series of white papers that illustarate the importance of Putting Drinking Water First. Read the first paper here.
Recent incidents of widespread drinking water service disruption have drawn attention to the importance of protecting drinking water sources from contamination.
A long overdue proposal to protect most streams and wetlands, released by the Obama administration in March 2014, will ensure that the drinking water for nearly one third of all Americans is no longer at risk of pollution. Make sure your voice is heard today! President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency need to know that you want to protect our water!
It’s pretty simple - all water is connected. Even kids understand that. The health of our rivers, lakes, and bays depend on the streams and wetlands that flow into them. The health of our nation’s rivers, lakes, and bays depends on the network of small streams and wetlands that flow into them. Tell EPA and the Army Corps that you support the proposal to #ProtectCleanWater today. (You will be redirected to Clean Water Action)
For Immediate Release
June 2, 2014
Washington – Today the Obama administration announced carbon pollution standards for the nation’s existing power plants. These landmark safeguards for public health, the environment, and climate are the biggest step forward in our fight against climate change. Americans from Boston to Minneapolis to Oakland have been calling for this step for years. Clean Water Action welcomes the new proposal and will mobilize our more than one million members to support President Obama’s proposal.
Bob Wendelgass, Clean Water Action President and CEO released this statement
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.
On Wednesday, May 27, the Obama Administration finalized the Clean Water Rule. This is a historic week - streams and wetlands that we are risk on May 26 are protected today!
We're reviewing the final Clean Water Rule right now and will have more in-depth information soon. In the meantime, please check out these press statements, actions, and blog posts:
A long overdue proposal to protect most streams and wetlands, released by the Obama administration in March 2014, will ensure that the drinking water for nearly one third of all Americans is no longer at risk of pollution.
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.