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Congressional Investigative Report Urges EPA to Improve Oversight of the UIC Program

WASHINGTON, DC – This week the Government Accountability Office released DRINKING WATER: EPA Program to Protect Underground Sources from Injection of Fluids Associated with Oil and Gas Production Needs Improvement, the results of its two year investigation into the Environmental Protect Agency’s (EPA) Underground Injection Control (UIC) program.  Clean Water Action welcomes this much needed investigation into oversight challenges in the UIC program and calls on EPA to implement the recommendations detailed within the report (view the report here). 

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07/31/2014 - 13:35

Protecting Clean Water in Maryland

On July 24th, Clean Water Action (CWA) held a press conference that recognized the thousands of Marylanders who have written letters and postcards in support of the Administration’s proposal and kicked-off the final 90 days of Clean Water’s comment gathering. Additionally, the American Sustainable Business Council released the results of its national poll that shows 80% of small businesses owners support the proposal.

DC Bids Polystyrene Foam Good-Bye!

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On July 14th Washington, DC became the first major city on the East Coast to ban polystyrene foam food containers! Clean Water Action has been campaigning around this issue for months and thanks its many supporters who wrote letters in support of the ban to City Council members.  These harmful petroleum-based containers are non-biodegradable and account for up to a fourth of the trash polluting the Anacostia River.  Banning polystyrene is huge victory for the District and is an essential step in cleaning up the city’s rivers, wetlands and streams.  

Program Coordinator, Minneapolis, MN

Clean Water Fund and Clean Water Action in Minnesota will be hiring a Program Coordinator to develop and implement the organization's water campaigns in Minnesota. We are seeking an energetic and experienced candidate with a policy and advocacy background. Our current water campaigns cover a broad set of issues including enforcement of existing laws, reducing agricultural pollution, protecting the Great Lakes, stopping invasive species and protecting drinking water sources.

Michigan Currents l Spring/Summer 2014

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Minnesota Currents | Spring-Summer 2014

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Great Lakes Lobby Day in DC

In early March, the Great Lakes came to the Nation’s Capital. The Annual Great Lakes Day is a gathering of Great Lakes advocates from across the region, who bring their love and passion for the Great Lakes to Members of Congress. Clean Water Action helped recruit and organize the Minnesota delegation of nearly a dozen community members, local government officials, and business owners.

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Pennsylvania Currents | Spring-Summer 2014

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Governor Corbett Defies Public Opinion - Orders More Fracking in State Forests

The public opposes it — nearly 70% of Pennsylvania residents. The state natural resources agency (DCNR) has studied the issue and reports problems. But Gov. Tom Corbett wants to forge ahead with his budget balancing scheme that would reopen state forest lands to natural gas drilling leases.

DNCR says past gas development in state forests has caused: Read more

Pittsburgh Mayor: We believe broad federal protections are critical to protecting our local waters

Pittsburgh – On Friday, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto joined a growing list of state and local leaders to publically support the Obama Administration’s proposal to protect small streams and wetlands throughout the nation. Clean Water Action commends Mayor Peduto for his leadership and encourages other local elected officials to follow Pittsburgh’s lead. You can read the letter here, http://bit.ly/1nclpQg.
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06/16/2014 - 06:15

Texas Currents - Spring/Summer 2014

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Protect Clean Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to restore critical Clean Water Act protections for smaller streams and wetlands in Texas and nationally. These important water resources connect with rivers and serve as drinking water sources for millions of Americans. EPA’s proposal would reverse Bush Administration policies that weakened water protections in every state.
One Texas example illustrates the stakes.

In 2006, the Chevron Pipe Line Company was sued for spilling 126,000 gallons of oil into a dry creek. When running, this creek connects to the Brazos River, which provides drinking water for Waco and other communities. Because the creek was dry at the time of the spill — as more than 70% of Texas’ drought-plagued streams often are — the stream was deemed “unprotected” and Chevron escaped punishment. The Clean Water Act used to protect tributaries like this one from pollution, but ever more polluter-friendly policies have eroded those protections. Fixing this problem is essential to meeting the nation’s clean water goals for fishable, swimmable, drinkable water.

EPA needs to hear from you today. Learn more and take action to
 #ProtectCleanWater here.

Drilling the State Forests: A Bad Idea

Nearly 70% of recently polled Pennsylvanians made it clear that you oppose natural gas development in our state forests. You can take action to stop it here.

Despite this overwhelming opposition, Governor Corbett issued an executive order reopening our state forests to leasing for natural gas drilling. He believes there will be no additional disturbances, despite evidence to the contrary from his own Department of Conservation and Natural Recourses (DCNR). DCNR’s recent report looked at the impact gas development has already had on our forests. Some of the findings include:

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