Press Releases

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Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019

The New Jersey legislature refuses to address the major environmental challenges facing the state, according to the 2018-2019 Clean Water Action Scorecard.

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Thursday, Oct 10, 2019

“EPA’s proposal lacks the most proactive step we can take to reduce lead at the tap - a timeline and a requirement for full lead service line replacement,”  said Lynn Thorp, Clean Water Action National Campaigns Director. “There is a clear public health case and national momentum to get the lead out through a holistic and thorough plan to replace service lines.”


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Thursday, Oct 10, 2019

Trenton, NJ -- Today, Clean Water Action joined Governor Murphy and other members of the Jersey Water Works Task Force on Lead in Drinking Water to release its report “Lead in Drinking Water: A Permanent Solution for New Jersey”.

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Wednesday, Oct 02, 2019

Clean Water Action applauds Governor Murphy for reconstituting the independent oversight board regarding the decommissioning of the Oyster Creek Nuclear plant in Lacey township, NJ. It was first formed at the request of Clean Water Action, GRAMMES and other environmental grassroots groups in 2009 when the plant was relicensed by the NRC.

Friday, Sep 27, 2019

Minneapolis -- Today the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency denied the Clean Water Act Section 401 water quality permit for Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline. The MPCA stated that it needed more information to determine if the 340-mile long pipeline would be detrimental to water quality in the state, as a result of possible oil spills. Section 401 of the Clean Water Act is a critical tool states and tribes use to protect local waters. The U.S.

Thursday, Sep 26, 2019

Washington, D.C. -- The Environmental Protection Agency, today, sent a letter to California claiming California is not living up to its responsibilities under the Clean Water Act, citing homelessness as one of the main reasons.

Clean Water Action Communications Director, Michael Kelly, responded with the following statement:

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Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019

Newark, NJ – Clean Water Action joins Governor Murphy, NJDEP Commissioner McCabe, Newark’s Mayor Ras Baraka, and other officials to announce the results of the water testing taken after concerns were raised in August about the effectiveness of the filters being utilized as an interim measure of protection.

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Monday, Sep 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Grocery chain Ahold Delhaize USA today announced a new “sustainable chemistry commitment” that restricts toxic chemicals, including the classes of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), bisphenol A (BPA) and other bisphenols, ortho-phthalates, and other chemicals, in the products sold across its 2,000 stores nationwide.

On September 12, 2019 the Trump administration announced the finalization of its repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule, leaving streams, wetlands, and drinking water sources across the country vulnerable to pollution. Some recent reporting on this repeal has relied on mischaracterizations and myths about the Clean Water Rule, mostly pushed by opponents of the rule.

Myth #1: The Clean Water Rule expanded the number of streams and wetlands that are protected by the Clean Water Act.