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Budget cuts will get in the way of getting the lead out

February 13, 2020

As I watched a February 11 hearing about regulating lead at the tap, I experienced one of those “Opposite Day” episodes where two objective realities collide.

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Trump’s FY 21 Budget: The worst budget for water. By the worst president ever

February 11, 2020

These cuts won’t just mean that EPA is doing less to protect our water, they also hit state and local governments and drinking water systems hard. States where Clean Water Action works would lose out on federal funding, leaving taxpayers and ratepayers holding the bag. 

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The Water Impacts of CO2-EOR

January 30, 2020

To stave off the worst effects of the climate crisis, the global and U.S. economies need to decarbonize as fast as possible.

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Trump’s Dirty Water Rule: Another Gift to Oil and Gas

January 23, 2020

The Trump administration finalized its signature Clean Water Act rollback, the

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Key Issues in EPA’s Proposed Lead and Copper Rule Revisions #3 -- Faster Replacement

January 22, 2020

Under current regulations, if water systems exceed the Action Level for lead, they must take a number of actions including commencing lead service line replacement at a rate of 7% annually.  EPA’s proposed LCR revisions reduce this rate to 3% while closing some loopholes and proposing other requirements that will support more efficient and effective replacement programs. While closing loopholes and putting in place other requirements to make replacement activities more effective are positive steps, EPA is  justified in lowering the required rate of replacement. When systems exceed the lead Action Level, 7% is a realistic yet ambitious rate of replacement.

Three Ways the Implementation of the Clean Water Act is Leaving our Water Vulnerable Oil and Gas Wastewater Discharges.

January 21, 2020

Fossil fuels not only drive the climate crisis, but also threaten our water