Clean Water

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.

News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Obama administration issues rule to protect 49,000 miles of PA streams

59 percent of of the state’s streams, including those feeding the Delaware River, Susquehanna River and Pittsburgh’s Three, will gain federal protections under a final rule signed today by top Obama administration officials. The measure restores Clean Water Act safeguards to small streams and headwaters that have been vulnerable to development and pollution for nearly ten years.

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