Press Releases

February 14, 2019

On February 14th, 2019, the EPA announced its “PFAS Action Plan” which follows up on four commitments announced in May but misses numerous opportunities to use EPA authority to address PFAS chemicals.  EPA is announcing that it will begin the Safe Drinking Water Act process for two chemicals – PFOA and PFOS – and evaluate whether new information supports setting limits for more PFAS chemicals.  The agency also commits to improving analytical methods and to increased monitoring for more PFAS chemicals in drinking water.  

February 14, 2019

Washington, D.C. -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “PFAS Action Plan” released today summarizes ongoing activity, affirms commitments the agency made in May 2018, and announces several new initiatives.  “EPA’s PFAS Action Plan is an exhaustive review of what EPA is doing and commits to some new initiatives, but given the urgency around PFAS chemicals it is still literally the least EPA can do,” said Clean Water National Campaigns Director Lynn Thorp.

February 14, 2019

"Andrew Wheeler and the other special interest lobbyists President Trump has placed at EPA don’t want to hear from the public because they know Americans will oppose the Dirty Water Rule"

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February 13, 2019

Read a statement by Amy Goldsmith, NJ State Director of Clean Water Action at an Empower NJ press conference releasing a groundbreaking report calling for a fossil fuel moratorium in New Jersey.

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February 13, 2019

A report released today documents the devastating climate impacts if 12 new frack gas projects in New Jersey move forward with one completed in 2018, in stark contrast to Governor Murphy’s stated commitment and legal requirements to combat global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

February 11, 2019

More than two years after agreeing to stop polluting groundwater near Bakersfield, Valley Water Management Company (VWMC) has announced that it has stopped dumping contaminated oil and gas wastewater at its Race Track Hills and Fee 34 facilities.

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February 11, 2019

Empower NJ-Stop Fossil Fuel Projects Campaign issues a critical report on greenhouse gases from the proposed 13 fossil fuel projects.

February 7, 2019

"This type of bold thinking from Congress is what we have been missing, and exactly what Americans voted for in November. This is a good start. We’re glad that Representatives and Senators aren’t wasting any time -- we’ve already lost so much thanks to inaction by previous Congresses, President Trump’s climate denialism, and and the current Administration’s rollbacks."

The state of our union is resilient. Despite more than two years of the President’s dangerous politics, Americans are looking toward the future.