HARRISBURG – Today, leading state elected officials and members of the environmental community held an event in Harrisburg calling for immediate action by Governor Wolf and the Department of Environmental Protection to close a loophole for low-producing wells in the state’s draft methane rule before the final form is brought to the Environmental Quality Board later this summer. The loophole would leave over half of the state’s 1.1 million tons of annual oil and gas methane pollution unchecked.
"Protecting our water and health depend on a robust democracy, in which all of our voices are heard. We will push Democrats to protect our freedom to vote and strengthen our elections, however they can."
At a public hearing held by the Allegheny County Health Department last night, Mon Valley residents urged ACHD to enact new rules to stop hazardous air pollution episodes in Allegheny County. Over 300 residents from the Mon Valley and Pittsburgh have submitted public comments to ACHD supporting a strong rule to make plants in the Mon Valley, like U.S. Steel, cut their pollution when air quality rises to dangerous levels.
Washington DC -- Today the Biden administration announced its plan to safeguard water and communities across the nation by reconsidering the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which stripped certain streams and wetlands of Clean Water Act protection.
Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a virtual community roundtable in Pittsburgh on revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule.
“As we struggle to secure clean air and clean water for families here in the Central Valley, the last thing we need is irresponsible companies dumping their toxic water near our communities, endangering both water and air, and placing our families at risk.” said Jesus Alonso, Kern Community Organizer at Clean Water Fund and Clean Water Action. “This incredible victory is a testament to the power of community residents and allies working together to hold industry accountable and help families breathe a little easier.”
Clean Water Action supports NJ Senate Bill 3688 and thanks Senators Stephen Sweeney (D-Camden) and Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) for introducing this legislation to stop warehouse sprawl and protect open space in the Garden State.
New Jersey - For the 25th Anniversary of the Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award, an outstanding group of 24 Honorees were recognized from across the state of New Jersey, this year virtually. Among them was Clean Water Action’s very own New Jersey Environmental Justice Director, Kim Gaddy. Ms. Gaddy along with other individuals were selected by the Advisory Board out of a pool of 330+ nominations submitted in 2020 and 2021.
Washington, DC -- On the eve of the Biden administration’s hundredth day in office, President Biden gave a joint address to Congress.
Clean Water Action’s National Campaigns Director, Lynn Thorp, released the following statement:
Oakland -- Today, Governor Newsom announced that he is directing state agencies to develop a plan to phase out oil production in California by 2045 and to ban fracking by 2025.
Clean Water Action's Kern County Organizer, Jesus Alonso, released the following statement: