Clean Water

News Release | Environment America

Analysis: Repealing the Clean Water Rule would be Devastating for the Delaware River Watershed

Philadelphia, PA – New analysis by Environment America shows 55% of all stream miles in the Delaware River Watershed will be left without federal protections by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s proposal to repeal the Clean Water Rule.

News Release | PennEnvironment

Repealing the Clean Water Rule turns the mission of the Environmental Protection Agency on its head

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt proposed repealing the Clean Water Rule, which restored federal protections to half our nation’s streams and thousands of wetlands across the country.  Adam Garber, PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center Deputy Director, issued the following statement:

News Release | PennEnvironment

Statement on President Trump's Executive Order about the Waters of the U.S.

“President Trump's order turns the mission of the Environmental Protection Agency on its head: Instead of protecting the drinking water sources for 1 in 3 Americans, he is telling the EPA to stop protecting these waters from polluters. It defies common sense, sound science and the will of the American people,” Adam Garber, PennEnvironment Deputy Director

News Release | PennEnvironment

PA Receives an “F” for Lead in School Drinking Water, says PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

 [Harrisburg] –An analysis by PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center  gave Pennsylvania a grade of  “F” when it comes to preventing lead in drinking water in the Commonwealth’s schools.

 “Schools should be safe places for our kids to learn and play, but Pennsylvania is failing to protect our kids from lead in drinking water,” said Stephanie Wein. “Kids’ developing brains are especially susceptible to highly toxic lead so it’s time to get the lead out.” 

Report | PennEnvironment

Get the Lead Out

Test results now show that lead is contaminating drinking water in schools and pre-schools — flowing from thousands of fountains and faucets where our kids drink water every day.

News Release | PennEnvironment

Pennsylvania Businesses and Local Officials Join Effort to Defend Clean Water Rule from Lawsuit

[PHILADELPHIA, PA] - Businesses and local officials from Pennsylvania and across the country joined PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center in urging a federal court to uphold U.S. EPA’s Clean Water Rule. From outfitters to brewers to charter boat companies, many of these businesses depend on clean water for their livelihoods.

Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Local Officials Join Effort to Defend Clean Water Rule from Lawsuit

With clean water protections under attack in the courts, 79 local officials from across the country joined Environment America Research & Policy Center in amicus briefs supporting the Clean Water Rule. 

Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Businesses Join Effort to Defend Clean Water Rule from Lawsuit

With clean water protections under attack in the courts, 234 business leaders from 33 states joined Environment America Research & Policy Center in amicus briefs supporting the Clean Water Rule.

News Release | Environment America

Clean water wins as Congress rejects budget rider

Due to overwhelming public support, the Clean Water Rule has now withstood every attack that polluters could muster in Congress - the Barrasso bill, the CRA measure, and now an attempted budget rider.  Polluters and their allies have played all their dirty water cards in Congress and lost.   

Why we need the Clean Water Rule

By | John Rumpler
Senior Attorney

Why do we need federal protection under the Clean Water Act if there are also state laws designed to protect our rivers and streams? The answer is that, all too often, state officials fail to enforce their own laws or side with politically-powerful polluters.

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