Press Releases

Friday, Sep 27, 2019

Minneapolis -- Today the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency denied the Clean Water Act Section 401 water quality permit for Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline. The MPCA stated that it needed more information to determine if the 340-mile long pipeline would be detrimental to water quality in the state, as a result of possible oil spills. Section 401 of the Clean Water Act is a critical tool states and tribes use to protect local waters. The U.S.

Thursday, Sep 26, 2019

Washington, D.C. -- The Environmental Protection Agency, today, sent a letter to California claiming California is not living up to its responsibilities under the Clean Water Act, citing homelessness as one of the main reasons.

Clean Water Action Communications Director, Michael Kelly, responded with the following statement:

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Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019

Newark, NJ – Clean Water Action joins Governor Murphy, NJDEP Commissioner McCabe, Newark’s Mayor Ras Baraka, and other officials to announce the results of the water testing taken after concerns were raised in August about the effectiveness of the filters being utilized as an interim measure of protection.

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Monday, Sep 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Grocery chain Ahold Delhaize USA today announced a new “sustainable chemistry commitment” that restricts toxic chemicals, including the classes of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), bisphenol A (BPA) and other bisphenols, ortho-phthalates, and other chemicals, in the products sold across its 2,000 stores nationwide.

On September 12, 2019 the Trump administration announced the finalization of its repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule, leaving streams, wetlands, and drinking water sources across the country vulnerable to pollution. Some recent reporting on this repeal has relied on mischaracterizations and myths about the Clean Water Rule, mostly pushed by opponents of the rule.

Myth #1: The Clean Water Rule expanded the number of streams and wetlands that are protected by the Clean Water Act. 

Friday, Sep 20, 2019

Clean Water Action supports the millions of students around the globe, including the many here in New Jersey, who are walking out of school today to demand that world leaders take action to address the climate crisis. Three days before the UN Climate Summit in New York, local students and their allies are joining the Global Climate Strike to push for the political will for transformative actions to halt climate change.

Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

BOSTON—Today, in its first formal session since July, the Massachusetts Senate voted 38-0 to pass the Children and Firefighters Protection Act – which will ban 11 toxic flame retardants in children’s products, household furniture and more.

S.2338 An Act to protect children families and firefighters from toxic chemicals is sponsored by Senator Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton).

“Assistant administrator Ross was perfectly blunt -- the Trump administration is going to continue to pursue its dirty water agenda, come hell or high water. And if Ross, Wheeler, and Trump get their way, the high water may come first."

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Thursday, Sep 12, 2019

Advocates, experts and transit riders call upon NJ Transit and the Murphy Administration to commit to reducing GHG emissions from the transportation sector and make a firm commitment to transition to a 100% electric bus fleet by 2040.

  • Kim Gaddy
Thursday, Sep 12, 2019

"As outrageous as this move is, it’s not an isolated incident, it’s part of a broader assault on basic protections for our water. While we’re planning the next steps to stop this repeal in the courts, we’re also focused on mobilizing as many people as possible to stop the additional elements of Trump’s dirty water agenda that we expect to see later this year.”