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February 7, 2017 | In the News: Courthouse News

Lawmakers Spar Over ‘Making the EPA Great Again’

Tyler Smith, Staff Scientist, Earthjustice: “We need to be very clear about what [the Secret Science Reform Act] is all about. We need to move beyond wonky explanations that its supporters provide and talk about how this bill will prevent the EPA from protecting children with asthma or protecting them from toxic pesticides ... The reality is that industry is trying to use transparency to cover up the health risks posed by toxic chemicals.”

January 31, 2017 | Letter

Community Opposition letter to Congressional Attacks on Stream Protection Rule

Local, regional, and national environmental and community groups nationwide are calling on the Senate to stand strong against a legislative attack on clean water. The Stream Protection Rule requires monitoring to detect harmful chemicals in surface water and groundwater – information that’s crucial to the health and safety of communities leaving in proximity to coal-mining operations.

January 26, 2017 | Fact Sheet

Protect Clean, Safe Drinking Water from Congressional Attack

This the long-awaited Stream Protection Rule provides local communities with information they need about water contamination caused by nearby coal mining operations, and includes several important safeguards for clean water and the well-being of communities near coal mining operations. Lawmakers are seeking to eviscerate this common sense clean-water regulation using the Congressional Review Act, a back door tactic which allows Congress to erase recently finalized protections with little debate and zero public input.

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