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From the Experts February 27, 2019

These Are States That Want to Make America’s Waters Burn Again

Attorney Janette Brimmer explains how polluter-friendly states are helping Trump attack the Clean Water Rule.

Press Release June 8, 2006

Water Users Challenge Constitutionality of 2003 Water Statute

Groups ask Attorney General to take steps to invalidate portions of Municipal Water Law 1338

Press Release July 12, 2000


Today, Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund filed suit in federal district court on behalf of the Hïhïwai Stream Restoration Coalition and the Center for Biological Diversity to force the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to carry out mandatory duties under the federal Clean Water Act needed to clean up Hawai’i’s polluted waters. Despite Hawai’i’s image…

From the Experts January 3, 2019

Making America’s Waters Burn Again

The Trump administration seeks to strip the Clean Water Act’s protections from an overwhelming number of our waterways. We're fighting back.

A turtle surfaces offshore of Kahekili Beach Park, Maui, Hawaii.
(Courtesy of Don McLeish)
feature October 21, 2021

The Clean Water Case of the Century

The Supreme Court kept the Clean Water Act intact, dealing a major loss to the Trump administration and its pro-polluter agenda. The court's decision solidifies the Clean Water Act’s place as one of the nation’s most effective environmental laws.

Waste floats on the Colorado River near Yuma, Arizona, in 1972. Congress passed the Clean Water Act that year, establishing federal protection for all waters in the U.S.
(Charles O'Rear / National Archives)
Article April 21, 2020

What the Trump Administration Is Doing to Your Water

The administration is attempting to undo the landmark 1972 Clean Water Act. Read on to learn why you should be concerned.

feature November 3, 2012

Coal Ash: Reports & Publications

Read reports and analysis from Earthjustice and our partners, which document the growing public health threat from coal ash, the hazardous waste that remains after coal is burned.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is once again attacking the EPA’s Clean Water Rule.
From the Experts December 4, 2018

Protecting the Clean Water Rule from Trump’s EPA

Recent court decisions affirm that federal agencies can’t deny protections to our nation’s waters without scientific support or input from the public.

Press Release March 10, 2022

Legislators, Scientists, Advocates Outline Steps to Ensure New Yorkers Know What is in Their Water

Urge the Department of Health to set the lowest possible notification levels for 23 PFAS chemicals

A conversation about cleaning up coal ash contaminating groundwater across America.
feature June 6, 2019

Insider Briefing: Coal’s Poisonous Legacy

Earthjustice attorneys and our client and partner in litigation, Prairie River Network discuss cleaning up coal ash contaminating groundwater in Illinois and across America.

EPA’s proposed levels are lower than New York’s existing and proposed PFAS standards. New York’s Department of Health (DOH) currently has MCLs for PFOA and PFOS at ten parts per trillion for each chemical. In September 2022, the DOH proposed to regulate 23 additional PFAS with MCLs and notification levels higher than EPA’s proposal. (Getty Images)
Press Release July 30, 2020

New York Sets Drinking Water Safeguards

Coalition urges continued action to address emerging contaminants

The proposed revision by the New York Department of Health fails to specify the content of public notifications, leaving open the possibility that specific testing results, like the contaminant level, could be kept from the public.
(Getty Images)
Press Release February 4, 2020

New York Dept of Health Backtracks on Drinking Water Standards for PFOA, PFOS, 1,4-dioxane

Proposed ‘deferral’ system cuts public notification requirements from every three months to once a year; Deferral system could leave New Yorkers drinking toxic water for longer

The Clean Water Rule restores clear protection to 60% of the nation’s stream miles and millions of acres of wetlands that were historically protected by the Clean Water Act, but have lacked guaranteed safeguards for nearly a decade. The rule enjoys broad support.
(Photo courtesy of Sabrina Campagna)
Press Release May 27, 2015

Clean Water Rule Will Protect Drinking Water for 1 in 3 Americans, if Congress steps aside

Obama administration finalizes long-awaited Clean Water Act protections

case September 5, 2003

Washington State Municipal Water Law

In 2003, the Washington State legislature passed the Municipal Water Law, which promoted irresponsible sprawl development beyond wise use of our water resources and ultimately at the expense of junior water rights holders and stream flows for fish. The law redefined “municipal water supplier” to include any private developer with connections for 15 or more…

Press Release September 10, 2003

Federal Government Argues For Weaker Clean Water Protections

Bush administration moves to undercut established clean water protections

Article April 3, 2013

EPA Shares Water Priorities, Action Timelines on Twitter

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency that 55 percent of U.S. streams and rivers are in “poor” condition, according to its most recent national rivers and streams assessment.

Press Release November 6, 2003

Bush Administration Proposal Would Gut Clean Water Act

Leaked document shows administration is considering eliminating federal Clean Water Act protections for streams and wetlands