EPA Smog Rule is Good for Well, Pretty Much Everyone

By John Noël, National Oil and Gas Program Coordinator – Follow John on Twitter (@Noel_Johnny)

On Thursday I testified at the EPA smog pollution hearing on what seemed like a no-brainer proposal. EPA plans to strengthen its smog standards to reflect the most recent science on the devastating impacts of air pollution. This is a good thing for everyone who breathes.

Tackling this crippling form of power plant pollution is incredibly important and should be supported by everyone. Clean Water Action strongly supports EPA’s pollution reduction plan and we urged the Agency to set the smog protections at 60 parts per billion to provide the greatest protections for public health possible under federal law. A few of the most blatant health impacts linked to smog include chronic asthma and other respiratory and lung diseases, reproductive and developmental harm, and even premature death. Read more…

Posted on January 30, 2015  | Filed Under Global Warming and a New Energy Economy, Healthy, Safer Families and Communities, Protecting America's Waters | Leave a Comment

Why Do We Fight About Clean Water?

By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director – Follow Lynn on Twitter (@LTCWA)

Today we launch a wide array of activity leading up to an unusual “bicameral” hearing on Capitol Hill next week. “Bicameral” means that it is a joint hearing put on by the majority leadership of committees in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. This does not happen often. I wish I could say that this special water policy hearing is happening because our water resources are so precious, or because we have learned how critical it is to protect drinking water from contamination or because polls have consistently shown for decades that people consider clean water the most important environmental issue.

No. I can’t say that. Read more…

Posted on January 30, 2015  | Filed Under Global Warming and a New Energy Economy, Healthy, Safer Families and Communities, Making Democracy Work, Protecting America's Waters | Leave a Comment

Protecting Our Drinking Water – Is It Too Much to Ask?

By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director – Follow Lynn on Twitter (@LTCWA)

The U.S. Senate will vote on amendments to the Keystone pipeline bill and two of them are directly related to drinking water protection. Clean Water Action is urging Senators to vote “Yes” on the Gillibrand and Cardin amendments.       Read more…

Posted on January 28, 2015  | Filed Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

The Science of Water – It’s Complex and it’s Simple

By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director – follow Lynn on Twitter (@LTCWA)

I have been working on water issues for many years, and for all of that time I have known that the Clean Water Act is meant “. . . to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation’s waters.” But until I read EPA’s draft Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence earlier this year, I don’t think I had truly grasped the power of these words. Read more…

Posted on January 16, 2015  | Filed Under Global Warming and a New Energy Economy, Healthy, Safer Families and Communities, Making Democracy Work, Protecting America's Waters | Comments Off

A Year That Confirmed We Need to Put Drinking Water First

By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director – Follow Lynn on Twitter (@LTCWA)

140111-Z-LQ742-016One year ago today we learned that a chemical spill into the Elk River in West Virginia had led to a “Do Not Use” order. Hundreds of thousands of people in the Charleston area could not use their tap water for anything other than toilet flushing and fire fighting. As the crisis continued, details came to light. Over 10,000 gallons spilled. A coal-processing chemical called crude MCHM that no one had ever heard of. Freedom Industries managing a tank farm very badly. A lack of health effects or other information on the chemical. Wait, more chemicals involved! And the water smells like licorice, even when it’s at really low levels or almost gone. Investigations commence. Lawsuits are filed. State and federal hearings are held. Big Clean Water Act charges are filed against Freedom Industries. The list goes on and on.

So what have we learned? Could this happen again? Read more…

Posted on January 9, 2015  | Filed Under Healthy, Safer Families and Communities, Making Democracy Work, Protecting America's Waters | 1 Comment

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