In 2014, a corroded chemical storage tank leaked 10,000 gallons of a chemical used to clean coal into the Elk River in West Virginia. The Elk River is the sole drinking water source for more than 300,000 people, who were left with water that could only be used for toilet flushing and firefighting for more than a week. After this disaster several groups sued EPA to create a long overdue Clean Water Act program to deal with these spills.
In 2016, EPA agreed to finalize these safeguards by 2019.
They call it the Magna Carta of environmental laws; the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is the foundation for landmark health and environmental protections like the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act. NEPA is what gives any person or community group a voice on projects that can impact our health and well-being. It's what requires governments and developers to slow down and consider public concerns.
The original proposal to repeal the protections for streams, wetlands, and drinking water was so thin on science, law, and public support, that Trump's EPA knew it wouldn't hold up in court, or with the public. Instead of dropping the reckless proposal, the Agency has doubled down on the effort to permanently repeal Clean Water Act protections for small streams and wetlands.
Corporate polluters and their friends in Congress are pushing an extreme agenda to roll back vital laws, regulations, and funding that protect clean water, reduce air pollution, and fight climate change. Please urge your representatives in Congress to stand up for commonsense protections, and to reject budget cuts that undermine vital safeguards.
Who's Minding the Store, the 2017 Retailer Report Card was released recently. It shows that while some retailers are making improvements in getting toxic products off their shelves, the industry as a whole is failing to protect consumer health.
The oil and gas industry, aided by the erosion of campaign finance laws and nearly boundless lobbying budgets, asserts enormous influence over legislative processes in real time while also enjoying legacy influence in regulatory frame- works. The results can be devastating to the health of the environment and the public.
Please sign the Jersey Renews petition urging New Jersey's elected officials to take steps to fight climate change and protect good jobs.
Studies have shown that the current EPA advisory limit for PFAS in water allows levels that are too high to protect our health.
Tell your state representative to support HB 5375 because we need a safe drinking water standard for the most common PFAS chemicals.
The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has proposed to ban fracking in the Watershed, but the fight isn't over. The DRBC has drafted new rules that will ban high volume fracking in the Watershed, but will still allow fracking wastewater disposal and treatment in the Basin, and allow water to be withdrawn from the Delaware and used for fracking elsewhere.
Governor Murphy, along with the governors of New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware and a federal representative, gets to vote on these rules.