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Clean Water Action Applauds New Methane Pollution Standard

New standard will help safeguard public health, mitigate climate change, and reduce waste

Washington, D.C. - The Obama Administration today introduced the first-ever methane pollution standards for new and modified oil and gas facilities. This landmark proposal will blunt the growth of methane and smog-forming pollution produced by the industry. The new standards, when finalized, will help to safeguard public health and put the United States closer to meeting the Administration’s goal of reducing oil and gas methane emissions by 40 to 45 percent by 2025.

John Noël, National Oil & Gas Campaigns Coordinator issued the following statement in response to today's announcement:

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08/18/2015 - 08:46

Letter to the Senate - 8.5.15: Oppose S. 1324, dangerous legislation being led by Senator Capito


August 5, 2015

Dear Senator,

Thank President Obama for the Clean Power Plan

This month, the Obama Administration finalized EPA’s long awaited Clean Power Plan. The groundbreaking rule aims to reduce carbon pollution from existing coal plants by 32% over the next 15 years. Thank President Obama today.

The Plan provides flexibility for each State to meet its emission reduction targets by investing in renewable energy, reducing consumer electricity bills with new efficiency measures, and lowering the public health risks of power plant pollution, which contributes to asthma, heart attacks and premature deaths.

From the Blog: EPA’s Clean Power Plan is Here and That is Good for Everyone, Yes, Everyone

By John Noël, National Oil & Gas Campaigns Coordinator, @noel_johnny

Today the Obama Administration finalized EPA’s long awaited Clean Power Plan. The groundbreaking rule aims to reduce carbon pollution from existing coal plants by 32% over the next 15 years. The Plan provides flexibility for each State to meet its emission reduction targets and is packaged as a three-pronged opportunity. An opportunity for States to meet their emissions reduction targets by investing heavily in renewable energy and kick starting the local clean energy economy which goes hand in hand with a sustainable energy future. States have an opportunity to reduce consumer electricity bills with new efficiency measures. Lastly, the Plan is an opportunity for States to reduce public health hazards of power plant pollution, which contributes to asthma, heart attacks and premature deaths.

An Ambitious Step to Fight Climate Change and Protect Our Water

Washington - The Environmental Protection Agency today finalized the Clean Power Plan (Plan), the nation's first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants. The ambitious Plan provides flexibility and encourages innovation from the states to accelerate the shift to cleaner energy and make major reductions in dangerous climate-changing carbon pollution by 2030.

Clean Water Action President and CEO Robert Wendelgass released this statement:

Annual Report - 2014

There’s a very good reason the cover of our latest Annual Report (2014) features what we like to think of as a “happy picture.” You’ll understand what I’m talking about when you check out the Big Win for Our Water article.

It’s nice to know that we’re making progress and that there’s good news to report from time to time -- despite having our hands full with a Congress whose leaders seem determined to undermine our most fundamental environmental and health protections.

Yes, 2014 brought good news for our water, and, so far, 2015 is continuing that momentum. The Obama Administration’s Clean Water Rule, finalized this spring, will go a long way to close Clean Water Act loopholes, restoring protections for small streams, wetlands and drinking water.

11 Environmental Groups Oppose Energy Bill as Drafted - 7-27-15

Alaska wilderness league *American Rivers * Clean Water Action * Defenders of Wildlife * Earthjustice * Environmental Defense Fund * Friends of the Earth * GreenLatinos * League of Conservation Voters * Natural Resources Defense Council * Sierra Club

July 27, 2015 (Download the letter here)

U.S. House Guts EPA Coal Ash Rule

Washington, DC - Tonight, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1734 which weakens the Environmental Protection Agency's recently issued coal ash rule. Clean Water Action Water Programs Director, Jennifer Peters, released the following statement:

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07/22/2015 - 15:54

Oppose H.R. 1599, the improperly-named “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015.”

Clean Water Action * Earthjustice * Environment America Friends of the Earth * Greenpeace * League of Conservation Voters Natural Resources Defense Council * Sierra Club

July 21, 2015 (Download the letter here)

11 Enviro Orgs Call on Changes to Energy Print and Raise Concerns over Specific Provisions

Center for Biological Diversity * Clean Water Action * Earthjustice * Environment America
Friends of the Earth * GreenLatinos * League of Conservation Voters
Natural Resources Defense Council * Public Citizen * Sierra Club * Southern Environmental Law Center

July 21, 2015 (Download the letter here)

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