News & Updates

September 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.

September 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:

September 26, 2019

To city officials who say Baltimore has gotten better at compensating citizens after basement sewer overflows, Natasza Bock-Singleton offers a snort of derision – and the story of the geyser of human waste that fouled her basement on Labor Day weekend last year.

“I literally had poo coming out of the basement toilet and sink. It was just terrible,” said Bock-Singleton. “You feel helpless. This horrible brown water gurgles up and you can’t do anything about it.”

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September 25, 2019

Join us for our annual House Party in Grand Rapids.

Learn more about our campaign to stop Line 5 and our plans for the 2020 election.

Meet fellow members, Clean Water Staff, and board members.

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September 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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September 24, 2019

Everything is interconnected: clean water, good health, a stable climate, a healthy environment, economic well-being, a robust democracy, and justice for all—especially the most vulnerable among us. That’s why Clean Water Action aims to makes these basic rights and values central to all of our work.

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September 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.

September 23, 2019

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. 

September 19, 2019

Clean Water Action supports the millions of students around the globe, including the many here in New Jersey, who are walking out of school today to demand that world leaders take action to address the climate crisis. Three days before the UN Climate Summit in New York, local students and their allies are joining the Global Climate Strike to push for the political will for transformative actions to halt climate change.