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Supreme Court Pauses Clean Power Plan Momentarily


By John Noël, National Oil and Gas Coordinator – On Twitter: @Noel_Johnny

Yesterday the Supreme Court put a temporary stay on the Clean Power Plan. Importantly, this decision was not based on the legal merits of the case nor does it overturn the Clean Power Plan, which enjoys overwhelming public support. EPA’s authority to reduce carbon pollution has already been widely debated and upheld by the Supreme Court. Read the rest of this entry »

Standing up for the Health of Mon Valley Residents


By Cassi Steenblok, Program Organizer

The U.S. Steel owned Clairton Coke Works is the largest producer of coke in the nation, and 37,000 people live in the plant’s shadow. We know that coke emissions can be very dangerous – the Environmental Protection Agency has classified them as carcinogens. This means that the emissions from Clairton Coke Works that waft out over the Mon Valley can cause leukemia and other types of cancer, problems with the nervous system and even premature death. A 2013 study from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health found that residents around Clairton have a cancer risk 20 times higher than the average American from exposure to air pollution. These high stakes have created a long standing desire by residents for change. Read the rest of this entry »

No Secret Money

One of Clean Water Action’s greatest strengths is our membership.  We know we can count on you.

When the EPA takes action to safeguard public health and our water, when Congress attacks commonsense protections for our communities (again), when we’re not putting drinking water first, we ask you to step up.  And you get results. Read the rest of this entry »

Energize Rhode Island – Working the Legislature

Three power plant smoke stacks

By Dave Gerraughty, Rhode Island Program Coordinator

Sometimes when you’re trying to get folks up at the statehouse to embrace big ideas for progressive change, you have to look for indirect signs of movement in your direction. It’s kind of like the way astronomers deduced there might be a ninth planet in our solar system because of the behavior of other objects in the vicinity. Read the rest of this entry »

Failing on Stormwater Protection


By Representative Lauren Carson, House District 75 (Newport)

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has been called out by the federal government for years of failure to comply with the Clean Water Act, neglecting its drainage systems and allowing runoff from highways to pollute more than 200 bodies of water in our state for years on end. Read the rest of this entry »

A Veto to Protect Clean Water

Thank President Obama

By Michael Kelly, Communications Director – On Twitter (@MichaelEdKelly)

Despite massive popular support for the Clean Water Rule, Republicans in Congress have tried to stop it since the day it was proposed. They finally got enough votes in both Houses to get something to the President’s desk – SJ Res 22, a “Resolution of Disapproval” under the Congress Review Act.

President Obama vetoed Congress’ latest attempt to kill commonsense safeguards for our water last night. It seems like it took him all of 30 seconds to make the decision. This a huge win for anyone who cares about clean water – thank the President here. Read the rest of this entry »

Two Visions

Congress_National_Capitol_Building_Reflected_SmallerBy Michael Kelly, Communications Director – On Twitter: @MichaelEdKelly

Congress has barely been in session for two weeks. Unsurprisingly, the House has continued its streak of standing up for corporate polluters at the expense of the American people. Two of the first votes of this session put our water, our health, and our economy at risk. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Wins…Despite Big Opposition

2015_eCard_img1 (plain) New yer messageBy Bob Wendelgass, President & CEO – on Twitter, @BWendelgass

2015 was a year of big wins for Clean Water Action, despite well-funded opposition by polluters and their allies in Congress!

Victory #1:  In May of 2015, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the Clean Water rule that restores protection to the sources of drinking water for 1 in 3 Americans.  Clean Water Action helped lead the campaign that made this happen, generating hundreds of thousands of emails, letters, and postcards to the EPA and the White House calling for strong action.
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Our Latest Trip Around the Sun: A 2015 Collection of Articles and Insights

By John Noël, National Oil and Gas Coordinator – On Twitter: @Noel_Johnny

I wanted to highlight some of my favorite insights and developments this year in the world of oil and gas, drinking water protection and climate change. I did not include the more well known high points, notably, EPA’s Carbon Pollution Plan, the Popes historic visit to the US and the recent COP 21 Paris agreement. Instead these potentially lesser-known but still wildly important stories will tee up Clean Water Actions’ work in 2016 along with helping to shape the conversation in the broader movement.

Aquifer Exemptions Exposed Nationwide and California Regulatory Meltdown

UIC AE Program Graphic - How Many Aquifers Have been SacrificiedIn January 2015, Clean Water Action released a report outlining a little know provision in the Safe Drinking Water Act that provides an exemption for the oil and gas industry. The program effectively writes off drinking water resources in favor of oil and gas wastewater disposal and expanded production.

In order to raise awareness in the drinking water professionals’ community on this issue we published a journal article in the American Water Works Association. The editor warned that the article “would snap your head around” for readers not familiar with how the oil and gas industry is exploiting this out of date aspect of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Read the rest of this entry »


By Bob Wendelgass, President and CEO (Follow Bob on Twitter – @BWendelgass)

Family, friends, coffee (especially this time of year), clean water. That’s my list right now.

What’s yours?

Most of us have been focused on other things the past few days (and rightly so!).

But here’s the thing –  now is a great time to re-focus on protecting clean water, no matter where it is on your list. Will you make your tax-deductible clean water gift today?Checklist_owl

You know that clean water is fundamental. But did you know your financial support has never been more important? It will ensure that we start 2016 off right and that we can make sure that putting drinking water first is on the top of everyone’s list to start the new year.

Whether it’s winning the fighting to protect streams and wetlands, getting toxic chemicals out of everyday products or protecting communities from oil and gas development, your support will make sure that protecting clean water is the number one priority in 2016.

Donate now, while there’s still time. You’ll be glad you did.

  • Bob Wendelgass, President and CEO

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