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  • Clean water wins as Congress rejects budget rider | Environment New Jersey
    As Congressional leaders agreed on an omnibus budget deal without riders to block EPA s landmark Clean Water Rule Environment America s senior attorney John Rumpler issued the following statement Due to overwhelming public support the Clean Water Rule has now withstood every attack that polluters could muster in Congress the Barrasso bill the Congressional Review Act measure and now an attempted budget rider Polluters and their allies have played all their dirty water cards in Congress and lost The Clean Water Rule restores protections of the Clean Water Act for streams that help provide drinking water to 117 million Americans along with millions of acres of wetlands The rule is vital to the health of waterways from the Great Lakes to the Chesapeake Bay to Puget Sound No wonder more than 800 000 Americans including mayors business owners farmers and doctors have expressed support for this historic clean water policy Our special thanks to all who stood in adamant defense of clean water throughout these budget negotiations from champions like Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Boxer to Democratic leadership to President Obama Thanks to their strong stands polluters gained no new ground on clean water in the omnibus Americans

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/news/ame/clean-water-wins-congress-rejects-budget-rider (2016-05-01)
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  • Why we need the Clean Water Rule | Environment New Jersey
    laws or side with politically powerful polluters In November we had a clear reminder of this pattern in North Carolina Tar Heel state officials issued a permit allowing Martin Marietta to dump 12 million gallons of mining waste per day into Blounts Creek The creek flows into the Pamlico River which is known for fishing and camping In response two groups asked an administrative law judge to review the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality NC DEQ permitting decision The judge ruled that the groups didn t have a proper legal basis to challenge the permit Without the federal Clean Water Act that would be the end of the story But NC DEQ implements its permitting program under the Act and so it is required to adhere to its standards including those governing the rights of citizens to challenge pollution permits If those standards aren t followed EPA can strip the state s delegated authority to implement the law and start enforcing it directly Last week EPA s regional administrator warned North Carolina that the state s failure to allow citizens groups to challenge pollution permits could lead EPA to intervene and enforce the Clean Water Act directly State officials were quick to label the whole episode a misunderstanding but EPA sure has their attention now And needless to say North Carolina is not alone Groups in Wisconsin are urging EPA to intervene because of that state s systemic enforcement problems and we ve seen similar petitions in Illinois and Virginia among others Powerful polluters almost always prefer to deal with state officials who often lack the resources or political will to confront them The Clean Water Act provides a federal backstop to make sure polluters can be held accountable And that s why defending the Clean Water Rule which

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/blogs/environment-america-blog/ame/why-we-need-clean-water-rule (2016-05-01)
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  • Stop the dam assault on our rivers and wildlife | Environment New Jersey
    and recreation The four lower Snake River dams including Ice Harbor Dam pictured in the Pacific Northwest are among the most controversial in the nation The dams prevent salmon from migrating up and downstream and now the salmon population of the Snake River is at 3 percent of its historical abundance For decades conservationists have been calling for the removal of the four lower Snake River dams but they still stand without adequate fish passage a testament to a bygone era when dams could destroy rivers and wildlife with impunity Dams are not inherently bad especially when they have been licensed under our modern environmental laws However many dams throughout the nation were built before the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act and when those dams were built they placed a low priority or no priority at all on water quality wildlife habitat and fish passage Most hydroelectric dams are relicensed every 50 years and many older dams are now due for relicensing This is great because thanks to our modern environmental laws relicensing often translates into improved fish passage and water quality mitigation for environmental damage and increased community input In some cases rather than update dams to comply with modern laws dam operators choose instead to just remove dams In 2014 72 dams around the nation were removed restoring more than 730 miles of stream Is that great or what So that s the good news but the bad news is quite disturbing The hydropower industry is right now making an unprecedented assault on our rivers and wildlife If they re successful they ll take the nation back more than half a century to the regrettable time when dams could destroy our rivers without consequence An industry introduced bill in the U S House would create massive

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/blogs/environment-america-blog/ame/stop-dam-assault-our-rivers-and-wildlife-0 (2016-05-01)
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  • Protect the Jersey Shore | Environment New Jersey
    threatening the drinking water of 117 million Americans They also put at risk 20 million acres of wetlands an area the size of South Carolina and home to millions of birds and fish As a result of these loopholes hundreds of polluters are escaping any penalties For example as Pro Publica reported in 2007 when an oil company discharged thousands of gallons of crude oil into Edwards Creek in Titus County Tex the EPA did not issue a fine pursue legal action or even require cleanup Similarly after a farming operation dumped manure into tributaries that fed Lake Blackshear in Georgia the EPA did not seek to hold the polluting company responsible despite the fact that tests showed unsafe levels of bacteria and viruses in the lake which was regularly used for waterskiing and other recreation In a single 18 month period Clean Water Act loopholes undermined 500 EPA water pollution cases So Environment America took our case to the Obama administration urging the EPA to restore Clean Water Act protection to all of our waters We helped mobilize more than 800 000 Americans including more than 400 mayors and other local officials to join our call for action Fortunately the EPA agreed to act proposing a new rule that would close the loopholes so the agency can enforce the law and stop the polluters Legal warfare However polluting industries are lobbying furiously to stop us Among our adversaries on this issue are big oil and gas companies which have thousands of miles of pipelines running through wetlands They ve threatened legal warfare against the plan to restore protections to these wetlands Coal companies which are dumping the wastes from their mining into mountain streams stand to benefit if the Clean Water Act fails to protect these streams Powerful developers want to pave over wetlands without restrictions A Michigan developer named Rapanos filed one of the court cases that created the loopholes Huge factory farms each year generate millions of pounds of animal manure some of which runs off into our water These big agribusinesses and their congressional allies unleashed a smear campaign designed to scare ordinary farmers into believing the EPA was out to grab their land and even regulate puddles The smears are of course completely untrue We choose clean water Will the U S Senate Still on Sept 9 despite the ongoing threats to our water the U S House voted to stop the EPA from closing the clean water loopholes with lawmakers repeating the polluters talking points 10 Now the polluters are pushing for a vote in the U S Senate to keep the EPA from ever being able to close these loopholes It s this simple If enough senators choose clean water we ll win If too many side with the polluters we could lose That s why we need your help right now Tell your senators to choose clean water Clean Water Updates Blog Post Time to ban the beads Russell Bassett We all

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/programs/nje/protect-jersey-shore-0?page=1 (2016-05-01)
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  • Protect the Jersey Shore | Environment New Jersey
    at risk 20 million acres of wetlands an area the size of South Carolina and home to millions of birds and fish As a result of these loopholes hundreds of polluters are escaping any penalties For example as Pro Publica reported in 2007 when an oil company discharged thousands of gallons of crude oil into Edwards Creek in Titus County Tex the EPA did not issue a fine pursue legal action or even require cleanup Similarly after a farming operation dumped manure into tributaries that fed Lake Blackshear in Georgia the EPA did not seek to hold the polluting company responsible despite the fact that tests showed unsafe levels of bacteria and viruses in the lake which was regularly used for waterskiing and other recreation In a single 18 month period Clean Water Act loopholes undermined 500 EPA water pollution cases So Environment America took our case to the Obama administration urging the EPA to restore Clean Water Act protection to all of our waters We helped mobilize more than 800 000 Americans including more than 400 mayors and other local officials to join our call for action Fortunately the EPA agreed to act proposing a new rule that would close the loopholes so the agency can enforce the law and stop the polluters Legal warfare However polluting industries are lobbying furiously to stop us Among our adversaries on this issue are big oil and gas companies which have thousands of miles of pipelines running through wetlands They ve threatened legal warfare against the plan to restore protections to these wetlands Coal companies which are dumping the wastes from their mining into mountain streams stand to benefit if the Clean Water Act fails to protect these streams Powerful developers want to pave over wetlands without restrictions A Michigan developer named Rapanos filed one of the court cases that created the loopholes Huge factory farms each year generate millions of pounds of animal manure some of which runs off into our water These big agribusinesses and their congressional allies unleashed a smear campaign designed to scare ordinary farmers into believing the EPA was out to grab their land and even regulate puddles The smears are of course completely untrue We choose clean water Will the U S Senate Still on Sept 9 despite the ongoing threats to our water the U S House voted to stop the EPA from closing the clean water loopholes with lawmakers repeating the polluters talking points 10 Now the polluters are pushing for a vote in the U S Senate to keep the EPA from ever being able to close these loopholes It s this simple If enough senators choose clean water we ll win If too many side with the polluters we could lose That s why we need your help right now Tell your senators to choose clean water Clean Water Updates News Release Environment New Jersey Super Paddler Margo Pellegrino Welcomed At Rancocas Creek Homecoming After Paddling for 1 700 Miles for EPA

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/programs/nje/protect-jersey-shore-0?page=2 (2016-05-01)
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  • Protect the Jersey Shore | Environment New Jersey
    fish As a result of these loopholes hundreds of polluters are escaping any penalties For example as Pro Publica reported in 2007 when an oil company discharged thousands of gallons of crude oil into Edwards Creek in Titus County Tex the EPA did not issue a fine pursue legal action or even require cleanup Similarly after a farming operation dumped manure into tributaries that fed Lake Blackshear in Georgia the EPA did not seek to hold the polluting company responsible despite the fact that tests showed unsafe levels of bacteria and viruses in the lake which was regularly used for waterskiing and other recreation In a single 18 month period Clean Water Act loopholes undermined 500 EPA water pollution cases So Environment America took our case to the Obama administration urging the EPA to restore Clean Water Act protection to all of our waters We helped mobilize more than 800 000 Americans including more than 400 mayors and other local officials to join our call for action Fortunately the EPA agreed to act proposing a new rule that would close the loopholes so the agency can enforce the law and stop the polluters Legal warfare However polluting industries are lobbying furiously to stop us Among our adversaries on this issue are big oil and gas companies which have thousands of miles of pipelines running through wetlands They ve threatened legal warfare against the plan to restore protections to these wetlands Coal companies which are dumping the wastes from their mining into mountain streams stand to benefit if the Clean Water Act fails to protect these streams Powerful developers want to pave over wetlands without restrictions A Michigan developer named Rapanos filed one of the court cases that created the loopholes Huge factory farms each year generate millions of pounds of animal manure some of which runs off into our water These big agribusinesses and their congressional allies unleashed a smear campaign designed to scare ordinary farmers into believing the EPA was out to grab their land and even regulate puddles The smears are of course completely untrue We choose clean water Will the U S Senate Still on Sept 9 despite the ongoing threats to our water the U S House voted to stop the EPA from closing the clean water loopholes with lawmakers repeating the polluters talking points 10 Now the polluters are pushing for a vote in the U S Senate to keep the EPA from ever being able to close these loopholes It s this simple If enough senators choose clean water we ll win If too many side with the polluters we could lose That s why we need your help right now Tell your senators to choose clean water Clean Water Updates News Release Environment New Jersey Environment New Jersey Announces Slate of Federal Endorsements for Fall 2014 Elections Trenton Environment New Jersey a statewide citizen based environmental organization representing more than 20 000 members announced today the endorsement of three candidates for federal office

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/programs/nje/protect-jersey-shore-0?page=3 (2016-05-01)
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  • Protect the Jersey Shore | Environment New Jersey
    our waters in even greater jeopardy They ve been pushing to weaken the Clean Water Act ever since it first passed more than 40 years ago After spending millions of dollars on lobbyists and lawyers they ve carved loopholes in the law that leave more than half of America s streams open to pollution That s nearly 2 million miles of our streams at risk threatening the drinking water of 117 million Americans They also put at risk 20 million acres of wetlands an area the size of South Carolina and home to millions of birds and fish As a result of these loopholes hundreds of polluters are escaping any penalties For example as Pro Publica reported in 2007 when an oil company discharged thousands of gallons of crude oil into Edwards Creek in Titus County Tex the EPA did not issue a fine pursue legal action or even require cleanup Similarly after a farming operation dumped manure into tributaries that fed Lake Blackshear in Georgia the EPA did not seek to hold the polluting company responsible despite the fact that tests showed unsafe levels of bacteria and viruses in the lake which was regularly used for waterskiing and other recreation In a single 18 month period Clean Water Act loopholes undermined 500 EPA water pollution cases So Environment America took our case to the Obama administration urging the EPA to restore Clean Water Act protection to all of our waters We helped mobilize more than 800 000 Americans including more than 400 mayors and other local officials to join our call for action Fortunately the EPA agreed to act proposing a new rule that would close the loopholes so the agency can enforce the law and stop the polluters Legal warfare However polluting industries are lobbying furiously to stop us Among our adversaries on this issue are big oil and gas companies which have thousands of miles of pipelines running through wetlands They ve threatened legal warfare against the plan to restore protections to these wetlands Coal companies which are dumping the wastes from their mining into mountain streams stand to benefit if the Clean Water Act fails to protect these streams Powerful developers want to pave over wetlands without restrictions A Michigan developer named Rapanos filed one of the court cases that created the loopholes Huge factory farms each year generate millions of pounds of animal manure some of which runs off into our water These big agribusinesses and their congressional allies unleashed a smear campaign designed to scare ordinary farmers into believing the EPA was out to grab their land and even regulate puddles The smears are of course completely untrue We choose clean water Will the U S Senate Still on Sept 9 despite the ongoing threats to our water the U S House voted to stop the EPA from closing the clean water loopholes with lawmakers repeating the polluters talking points 10 Now the polluters are pushing for a vote in the U S Senate

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/programs/nje/protect-jersey-shore-0?page=4 (2016-05-01)
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  • Protect the Jersey Shore | Environment New Jersey
    ve worked hard to protect our waters and we re doing all we can now to keep polluters from turning back the clock to the days when Ohio s Cuyahoga River was so polluted that it caught on fire Even greater jeopardy Unfortunately polluting industries have put our waters in even greater jeopardy They ve been pushing to weaken the Clean Water Act ever since it first passed more than 40 years ago After spending millions of dollars on lobbyists and lawyers they ve carved loopholes in the law that leave more than half of America s streams open to pollution That s nearly 2 million miles of our streams at risk threatening the drinking water of 117 million Americans They also put at risk 20 million acres of wetlands an area the size of South Carolina and home to millions of birds and fish As a result of these loopholes hundreds of polluters are escaping any penalties For example as Pro Publica reported in 2007 when an oil company discharged thousands of gallons of crude oil into Edwards Creek in Titus County Tex the EPA did not issue a fine pursue legal action or even require cleanup Similarly after a farming operation dumped manure into tributaries that fed Lake Blackshear in Georgia the EPA did not seek to hold the polluting company responsible despite the fact that tests showed unsafe levels of bacteria and viruses in the lake which was regularly used for waterskiing and other recreation In a single 18 month period Clean Water Act loopholes undermined 500 EPA water pollution cases So Environment America took our case to the Obama administration urging the EPA to restore Clean Water Act protection to all of our waters We helped mobilize more than 800 000 Americans including more than 400 mayors and other local officials to join our call for action Fortunately the EPA agreed to act proposing a new rule that would close the loopholes so the agency can enforce the law and stop the polluters Legal warfare However polluting industries are lobbying furiously to stop us Among our adversaries on this issue are big oil and gas companies which have thousands of miles of pipelines running through wetlands They ve threatened legal warfare against the plan to restore protections to these wetlands Coal companies which are dumping the wastes from their mining into mountain streams stand to benefit if the Clean Water Act fails to protect these streams Powerful developers want to pave over wetlands without restrictions A Michigan developer named Rapanos filed one of the court cases that created the loopholes Huge factory farms each year generate millions of pounds of animal manure some of which runs off into our water These big agribusinesses and their congressional allies unleashed a smear campaign designed to scare ordinary farmers into believing the EPA was out to grab their land and even regulate puddles The smears are of course completely untrue We choose clean water Will the U S Senate

    Original URL path: http://environmentnewjersey.org/programs/nje/protect-jersey-shore-0?page=5 (2016-05-01)
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