Publications

July 22, 2019

July 1, 2019

The Honorable David Ross

Assistant Administrator Office of Water U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington DC 20460

 

Submitted online (Docket Number: EPA-HQ-OW-2019-0174)

Re: Input on Development of the Draft National Water Reuse Action Plan

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Map of Colorado aquifer exemptions
March 18, 2019

Program that Sacrifices Underground Drinking Waterfor Oil and Gas Injection Raises Questions

The aquifer exemption program in the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Underground Injection Control (UIC) program allows certain oil and gas and mining activity to occur in groundwater that would otherwise be protected as a potential drinking water source.

August 27, 2018

August 24, 2018

The Honorable Andrew Wheeler

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator

1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington DC 20460

RE: Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OLEM–2018–0024 Clean Water Act Hazardous Substances Discharge Prevention Action

Dear Acting Administrator Wheeler,

August 13, 2018

On behalf of the undersigned 187 organizations and our millions of members and supporters across the country, we oppose the Trump administration’s attempt to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule and urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw this proposed repeal.

Clean Water Action-Clean Water Fund Annual Report 2017
July 10, 2018

There were plenty of signs before 2017 started that the year would be one wild ride. We braced for the worst and were surprised only by the ferocity and relentless pace of attacks on our water and health coming out of the Trump Administration and Congress. Yet, outside of the political sphere, Americans remain unified in their support of clean water. Almost without exception, a solid majority of people in all demographic groups, in all parts of the country, regardless of party affiliation, care about our water and want to see it protected, now and for future generations.

Lake Erie Algal Bloom - August 2015. Photo Credit: NOAA Great Lakes CoastWatch
June 5, 2018

Since the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972 the United States has made great progress in cleaning up industrial chemicals and sewage pollution, but has failed to significantly reduce run-off of nutrient pollution into our nation’s rivers, lakes, and bays. Nutrient pollution refers to nitrogen   and phosphorus, which are essential life elements that have enabled agriculture production in the United States to thrive, but at a huge cost to water quality.

Carbon Capture and Release cover image
April 27, 2018

Oversight Failures in the Section 45Q Tax Credit for Enhanced Oil Recovery

Executive Summary

After decades of scientific analysis and international negotiations, reducing carbon emissions is now a global imperative. U.S. Congress, for its part, recog­nized the potential for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to reduce emissions and provided a tax incentive for companies that capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from various industrial practices and store it underground.

November 14, 2017

CO2-EOR presents risks to groundwater, the surface environment, and the health of communities living near oil fields.

 

Stranglehold: Oil and Gas Money is Choking Our Democracy
August 22, 2017

Americans should understand the goal of the oil and gas industry: drill, extract, and burn all the oil and gas resources it can acquire. The business plan is to burn it all.Stranglehold: Oil and Gas Money is Choking Our Democracy