WASHINGTON, DC – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the first-ever national standards for coal ash disposal. Coal ash is the toxic waste that remains from burning coal to generate electricity. This second largest industrial waste stream in the United States contains many known hazardous chemicals, including arsenic, mercury, lead, and hexavalent chromium. This new rule is a first step toward better protecting communities from leaking coal ash ponds and landfills. However, for the most part, it leaves enforcement of the regulations up to individual states.
Clean Water Action's Environmental Justice Organizer Kim Gaddy discusses port expansion at the Port of NY and NJ on MSNBC including increased risks of air pollution and health issues without the promise of jobs and economic benefits for area residents who are receiving the environmental harm.
820,000 + Americans for Clean Water!
From Colorado to Minnesota to Pennsylvania, Clean Water Action members across the country have been standing up for clean water. Since March, Clean Water Action organizers have mobilized more than 135,000 comments from members and others who support the Obama Administration’s long-overdue proposal to fix the Clean Water Act, restoring protections for small streams, wetlands and drinking water. “People care about their water and want to see it protected,” says Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass. “They understand that if you want to protect our major rivers, lakes and bays, you have to protect the small streams that feed into them.”
More than a dozen municipalities worked with Clean Water Action to pass resolutions supporting strong Clean Water Act protections for streams and wetlands. Leaders from Philadelphia, Austin, Baltimore, Hartford and Pittsburgh representing tens of millions of people understand that a strong Clean Water Act means better protection for local water resources and for their residents’ drinking water. One in three Americans relies on drinking water sources fed by headwater or seasonal streams — the subject of this Clean Water Rule. Read more
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.