Clean Water Rule Will Restore Protections for Drinking Water for 1 in 3 Americans, if Congress steps aside

For Immediate Release
May 27, 2015

Washington - Today the Obama administration closed loopholes that left the drinking water sources for more than 1 in 3 Americans at risk of pollution and destruction with the release of its long-awaited Clean Water Rule . A number of environmental, wildlife, and sportsmen groups praised the rule, which ensures Clean Water Act protections for streams and wetlands across the country, but warned that there are multiple efforts underway in Congress to weaken, undermine, or stop the rule completely.

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05/27/2015 - 10:47

A Huge Win for Clean Water!

Clean Water Action applauds the Obama Administration’s action today to restore Clean Water Act protection to critical water bodies, including streams which feed drinking water sources for over a third of the American people.

Today on the banks of the Anacostia River in Washington DC, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and U.S. Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy signed the long-awaited Clean Water Rule.  With this action, EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are clarifying Clean Water Act protection for over half the nation’s stream miles, 20 million acres of wetlands and other water bodies which have been in regulatory limbo for nearly 13 years.

Thank the President for Protecting Clean Water!

We are celebrating our biggest victory for clean water in more than a decade!

In May, on the banks of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jo-Ellen Darcy signed the final Clean Water Rule.  With this historic action, the Obama administration is protecting the drinking water sources for one and three Americans.  Thank the President for protecting your water!

Groups Oppose S. 1140

American Rivers • BlueGreen Alliance • Clean Water Action • Earthjustice • Environment America• League of Conservation Voters • Natural Resources Defense Council • Prairie Rivers Network • Sierra Club • Southern Environmental Law Center

May 15, 2015 (Download the letter here)

Dear Senator:

The undersigned organizations, and our millions of members and supporters, oppose S. 1140, the so-called “Federal Water Quality Protection Act,” which will be the subject of a hearing in the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, on May 19, 2015.

Over 2,000 Groups Urge Opposition to Fast Track

Download the full letter to view all of the signatories.

April 27, 2015

Re: Please Oppose “The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act”  

Dear Representative/Senator:

The undersigned organizations urge you to oppose the Ryan-Hatch Fast Track bill formally dubbed
“The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015.”

Letters to Congress, RE: 2016 Budget

Clean Water Action Statement on Another Dirty Water Bill to Stop The Clean Water Rule

Today U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and eleven other Senators introduced a bill to stop the Clean Water Rule and require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to start the entire rulemaking process over. This is the third time this week that Congress is attempting to interfere in this process.

Clean Water Action President and CEO, Robert Wendelgass, released the following statement:

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04/30/2015 - 09:44

Tell Congress to Stand up for Clean Water

Why the Clean Water Rule is ImportantBig Polluters and their Dirty Water Allies in Congress are trying to block progress on closing polluter loopholes in the Clean Water Act.  Contact Congress today and tell them you want them to stand up for your right to clean water!

Thanks to hundreds of thousands clean water supporters, the decade-long campaign to restore protections for wetlands and streams is nearing the finish line.  The Obama administration just finalized the Clean Water Rule to close these polluter loopholes and ensure that the drinking water sources for 1 and 3 Americans are better protected from pollution and development.  Polluters and their Dirty Water allies in Congress must not be allowed to stop or delay this long overdue progress for our water.

Tell Congress you want them to protect our nation’s vital water resources.   If polluters are successful at blocking the Clean Water Rule, over 60% of our nation’s streams will remain vulnerable to pollution and development. 

Help Stop the Oil and Gas Industry from Polluting Our Local Rivers, Lakes and Bays

Take action now and tell EPA you support a full prohibition on unconventional oil and gas wastewater being sent to publicly owned treatment works.

Now is the time to update the the rules to reflect the new environmental threats of modern oil and gas operations. Take action today.

Stopping the Oil and Gas Industry from Polluting Our Local Rivers, Lakes and Bays

Graphic: Don't Let Oil and Gas Wastewater Pollute our Rivers, Lakes, and Bays Update: The EPA public comment period on this issue has closed. Clean Water Action mobilized almost 15,000 emails and letters during the public comment period.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is updating a 30 year old Clean Water Act program which regulates what type of waste oil and gas companies can send to sewer treatment plants, or publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) for disposal. In the past oil and gas companies have sent millions of gallons of their wastewater to these sewage treatment plants, which then discharge it to our rivers, lakes and bays.

But "unconventional" operations - activities like fracking and other modern technologies that enable the industry to access previously untapped reserves of oil and gas -  produce a different type of waste. Which is a problem. These plants were never designed to treat this new type of wastewater.

Sending this new wastewater to plants that were not designed to handle it allows toxic pollutants to get into local waterways – jeopardizing downstream drinking water and aquatic ecosystems. EPA's proposal is a step in the right direction to protect our water.

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