Press Releases

“In light of this decision, the Trump administration should immediately abandon efforts to weaken these vital safeguards at the behest of industry,” said Jennifer Peters, Water Programs Director at Clean Water Action. “Coal plants are the top polluters of toxic waste into our nation’s waters—including drinking water sources—and it’s long past time they stopped putting our health and environment in jeopardy in order to maximize their own profits.”

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April 11, 2019

Washington, D.C. -- Today the Senate confirmed former oil and gas industry lobbyist, David Bernhardt, to be Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI). Bernhardt has faced numerous ethics challenges during his time at DOI, that is unlikely to change now that he is permanent secretary.

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

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April 10, 2019

The Murphy Administration's State of the NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU) address today left more questions than answers according to Clean Water Action. 

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April 9, 2019

Trenton, NJ - Clean Water Action joined with over 70 organizations in calling for the resignation of NJ’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) Board. This demand is clearly in order based on state audit findings (January 2019) detailing long term corruption, lack of accountability and transparency of the Authority.

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April 9, 2019

The Maryland General Assembly has passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act, requiring that Maryland reach 50% renewable energy by 2030. While we support urgent, transformative action to fight the climate crisis, the bill increases the amount of money available to subsidize burning trash for energy. Since 2011, trash incineration has received the same “clean energy” credits as truly renewable sources like wind and solar. However, unlike wind and solar, trash incineration produces significant air pollution that impacts nearby communities and greenhouse gasses that contribute to climate change.

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April 4, 2019

Montclair, NJ - Parents, beer enthusiasts, and other neighbors came together yesterday at the Montclair Brewing Company to voice their opposition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ (the Corps) radical proposal to dramatically weaken Clean Water Act protections for streams and wetlands.

"The President dove deep into the swamp and came up with David Bernhardt, who is even more troubling than Ryan Zinke," said Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund President and CEO, Bob Wendelgass.

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April 3, 2019

In Response to NJDEP’s Electric Vehicle Announcement, Clean Water Action's State Director Amy Goldsmith issued the following statement.

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April 2, 2019

Trenton, NJ-Clean Water Action responded with support to Governor Murphy's announcement today that Christie’s Executive Order 2 (EO 2), which undermined critical environmental and public health safeguards, is now relegated to the dust bin of history.

LANSING, MI – Today, Attorney General Nessel released her highly anticipated opinion concerning Public Act 359, the law that would pave the way for Enbridge Energy to build an oil tunnel through the Straits of Mackinac. PA 359 was introduced after the November election and passed during the 2018 lame duck session. The law attempted to amend the Mackinac Bridge Authority to create a Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority (MSCA), which would theoretically build and own a tunnel through the Straits to house Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline.