Clean Water Action joined the Environmental Intergrity Project, and 15 other local, regional, and national organizations to petition the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require the oil and gas extraction industry—including companies engaged in fracking—to report to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). The oil and gas extraction industry has long used and released large amounts of TRI-listed toxic chemicals, and this has dramatically increased in the last decade with the rapid spread of horizontal hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”).
Lynn Thorp, Clean Water Action's National Campains Director says, “Inclusion of oil and gas sector pollution data in the Toxics Release Inventory is long overdue, and will provide people the information they need to protect their health, their drinking water, and their communities.”
Today’s petition would finally make this information available for the first time to citizens, communities, and lawmakers. The full text of the petition is available here.
Despite Progress, Congressional Attacks on Clean Water Act Just Won’t Stop
"The biggest threat to our water today is from politics."
(Washington, D.C.) Today, October 18th, marks the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act’s passage into law. In observance of the occasion, Clean Water Action President and CEO, Robert Wendelgass issued the following statement:
We still face many water quality challenges, especially from diffuse sources of pollutants in runoff from cities, farms, and other intensive land uses.
kick coal ash
The Senate has tried time and time again to make it harder to protect our communities from coal ash. So far, we've been able to stop them. These various bills have failed to provide meaningful protections to the thousands of communities living near dangerous coal ash dumps. The latest bill (S. 3512 - which is "dead" would have permanently barred the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from ever establishing enforceable standards to protect human health and the environment from harmful coal ash pollution. We expect to a similar bill introduced in the new Congress.
We Must Re-Elect President Barack Obama
This is the most important environmental election in years. On November 6th, we’re either going to re-elect a President who has enacted an ambitious new fuel standard of 54.5 mpg , a standard that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, save consumers money, create jobs and fight climate change--or we’ll elect a candidate who laughed at climate change in his acceptance speech. The race is incredibly close, but the choice is clear – re-elect President Barack Obama!