The Obama Administration’s announcement of a proposed rule to protect most streeams and wetlands is a huge step forward, and Clean Water Action is ready to make sure everyone hears about it. You can be sure our members, and anyone who cares about putting drinking water first, are ready to join us. Because, like Bob, our CEO says, “It’s about time” – we’ve been fighting to put the Clean Water Act back together since the Bush Administration “broke” it in 2001.
One Step Closer to Restoring Protections for All Water
New policies proposed in March 2014 by the Obama Administration would finally restore protection for all streams and wetlands. The long-anticipated move follows more than a decade of campaigning by Clean Water Action and allies, and seeing this restoration of Clean Water Act protections through to completion is a priority.
When Congress first passed the 1972 Clean Water Act, it was with the understanding that all streams and wetlands can impact the biological, physical and chemical integrity of larger downstream waters. But starting in 2001, polluter-friendly court decisions and agency actions that followed stripped away longstanding Clean Water Act protections, leaving critical resources vulnerable to pollution and destruction. Read more
$1 million for Clean Water. That’s how much has been raised so far by hundreds of thousands of supporters using the simple online-shopping app from We-Care.com. Here, Clean Water Action’s CEO, Bob Wendelgass receives the “big check” from We-Care.com’s Dylan Nord, Gina Navani and Bryan Cockerham. Join us, and make your online purchases count for clean water.
Consumers across the country are visiting their local Walgreens store to ask them to protect us from toxic chemicals in everyday consumer products. New independent testing of products sold at Walgreens shows a variety of toxic chemicals including: hormone-disrupting chemicals in shower curtains and handbags, lead in pet chew toys and flame retardants. No thank-you!
On February 11, 2014 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published final Permitting Guidance for Hydraulic Fracturing Oil and Gas Activities Using Diesel. Clean Water Action has worked to ensure that the processes are in place to implement the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) where diesel is used in hydraulic fracturing oil and gas drilling, and this was a positive step. We’re now urging EPA to move forward with a formal rulemaking process to make sure that proper permits can be issued in all states under SDWA’s Underground Injection Control Program, which is designed to protect underground sources of drinking water.