Press Releases

"The President doesn’t understand that no one is buying his dangerous, divisive agenda. Instead of recognizing that the public rejected his fear-mongering while giving Congress a mandate to implement robust protections for our water, health, and communities, the President threw a tantrum and shutdown our government."


December 21, 2018

“During the 2018 election, water was consistently one of the top issues on voters’ minds. They came to the polls in record numbers and elected leaders who promised to champion our Great Lakes and environment,” said Mary Brady-Enerson, Michigan Director of Clean Water Action. “During lame duck, unaccountable lawmakers and corporate lobbyists worked hand in hand to gut protections to those same resources that Michigan voters overwhelmingly supported greater protection for in November. Our lame duck scorecard, really only tracks the worst of the worst – bills that aim to cause irreparable harm to our water, and subvert our democratic values,” continued Brady-Enerson.

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December 20, 2018

In an effort to prevent the federal government from allowing harmful drilling off the New Jersey coast, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe today joined a multistate lawsuit to reverse federal approval of seismic testing along the eastern seaboard.

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December 20, 2018

Clean Water Action released the following statement today at Governor Murphy's bill signing of the NJ Transit reform bill (S630, sponsored by Senators Weinberg [D-Bergen], Kean [R-Union], and Greenstein [D-Middlesex] as well as Assembly members McKeon [D-Essex], Benson [D-Mercer] and Jones [D-Camden]).

December 19, 2018

"These leaking coal ash ponds should have been cleaned up years ago," said Jennifer Peters, National Water Programs Director at Clean Water Action. "Instead these utilities, emboldened by the Trump administration's pro-industry, pro-polluter agenda, continue to put communities and groundwater at risk, despite the known hazards of storing toxic coal ash waste in unlined pits."

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December 18, 2018

TRENTON, NJ - A statewide coalition today unveiled Sewage-Free Streets and Rivers, a coordinated campaign across New Jersey communities with combined sewer systems that overflow raw sewage during heavy rainfalls. These overflows can cause sewage backups into basements and streets, and dump an estimated 23 billion gallons of raw sewage into New Jersey’s waterways annually.

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December 5, 2018

Trenton, NJ -- Clean Water Action released the following statement in response to NJDEP's proposed Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) rule announced at noon today.

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December 14, 2018

The Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has extended the public comment period of the sale of the Oyster Creek Generating Station from Exelon to Holtec International, a Camden-based company, until January 9.

Save the Land and Water Conservation Fund
December 13, 2018

(Washington, DC) – Today, Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund organizers descended on Washington, D.C. to create a massive chalk installation encompassing twenty sites spanning from Capitol Hill to the Department of Interior. The sidewalk art installation is pressuring Congress to take immediate action to save the Land and Water Conservation Fund, America's most successful conservation and recreation program.

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December 13, 2018

Trenton, NJ -- Today, Clean Water Action joined advocates from more than 40 statewide organizations at a press conference and public hearing to demand a fair redistricting process and fair maps for New Jersey. The coalition is calling on the NJ Legislature to stop New Jersey's redistricting plan, a measure that would lay the foundation for the extreme gerrymandering of New Jersey's 40 legislative districts.