Press Releases

Sunday, Jan 19, 2020

Washington, D.C. -- Today, during his address to the American Farm Bureau Federation convention, President Trump highlighted EPA’s rollbacks of water protections, which would strip Clean Water Act protections from more than half the nation’s remaining wetlands and millions of miles of streams that feed drinking water sources throughout the country.

Clean Water Action President and CEO, Bob Wendelgass, responded:

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020

Washington, D.C. -- Today Clean Water Action published a first of its kind report evaluating Clean Water Act regulation and oversight of oil and gas wastewater discharges by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and states. The report found significant gaps in scientific knowledge, oversight, and regulation that leaves rivers, streams, wetlands, and lakes, including drinking water sources, vulnerable to pollution.

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Friday, Jan 17, 2020

Clean Water Action: Climate Change is Water Change

CLEAN Future Act is a Bold Plan to Address the Climate Crisis and Protect Water & Health

Long Branch, NJ--Clean Water Action joined Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. at a press event at Monmouth University today to support the Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CLEAN) Future Act - a bold new climate plan to achieve a 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050.

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Monday, Jan 13, 2020

After giving the 2018-2019 New Jersey State Legislature a failing grade through October 2019, Clean Water Action is pleased that some environmental progress was made in the final two months of the two year term that ended at noon today. Accelerating progress early in the new legislative term is essential to ensuring greater environmental and public health protections for all. 

Monday, Jan 13, 2020

Trenton, NJ – Today Governor Murphy signed S-3215 / A-4606 into law which requires the DEP, BPU, and all state agencies to use a 20-year time horizon in addition to a 100-year horizon to more accurately calculate the global warming potential of greenhouse gas emiss

Corroded pipe with lead service fittings. Credit: Mike Thomas / Creative Commons

Today, Clean Water Action joined Governor Murphy to applaud his signing of legislation (S4110) to address New Jersey’s lead crisis. S4110 allows municipalities to pass an ordinance to allow workers access to private property to replace lead service lines.

Monday, Jan 06, 2020

Trenton, NJ: Clean Water Action is making a last-ditch plea for the legislature to pass S2776 / A4330 to ban plastic and paper carryout bags, polystyrene takeout containers, and to offer straws by request before January 14th.  NJ’s top 3 elected officials all say they want to ban single use plastic bags but final votes are still needed. 

Thursday, Dec 26, 2019

Violations of federal air standards could continue through the weekend

U.S. Steel emissions at Clairton primary cause of severe air pollution event

(Clairton) – Clean Water Action issued a statement this morning alerting residents in the Clairton and surrounding area to unhealthy air quality over the weekend and continuing today.  On both December 21 and 22 air monitoring data on the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) website indicated that the Liberty monitor in the Mon Valley recorded violations of the daily fine particle (PM2.5) standard, with levels almost 50% over the health based standard.

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019

Clean Water Action commended the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board for voting to launch the rulemaking process on Governor Wolf’s concrete action to help address climate change through curbing harmful air pollution from the Commonwealth’s existing oil and gas operations.