News Release | Environment America

Clock starts on Dirty Water Rule 60-day comment period

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will publish its proposed replacement for the Clean Water Rule in the Federal Register on Feb. 14, initiating the 60-day public comment period. Considering the Dirty Water Rule would strip federal protections from thousands of waterways across the country, the EPA is giving Americans an astonishingly brief opportunity to speak out on the most sweeping attack on clean water in recent memory.

New, bipartisan legislation could help clean up a major threat to our water.

News Release | Environment Maine Research and Policy Center

New report highlights how toxic “accidents waiting to happen” threaten U.S. waterways

Facilities storing billions of gallons of toxic waste threaten America’s rivers and millions of people who live near them, according to a new report from the Environment Maine Research & Policy Center, U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group.

News Release | Environment America

Reports: EPA fails to make drinking water safe from toxic PFAS

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not establish federal limits in drinking water for two prevalent toxic chemicals. The agency’s forthcoming management plan for combatting per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) lacks safeguards on PFOA and PFOS, two of the best-understood toxic PFAS chemicals. These chemicals have contaminated drinking water from Michigan to North Carolina. In refusing to set limits for PFAS, EPA is abdicating its core mission to protect human health.

News Release | Environment America

Congress holds first hearing on PFAS contamination

This morning, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment will hold the first congressional hearing on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that have been contaminating drinking water in communities across the country.

News Release | Environment Maine

Less Shelter from the Storm

After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma recently pummeled our coasts, Environment Maine warned that pending budget proposals from the Trump administration and Congress threaten key programs that protect our communities from storm- related impacts.  The group documented threats to programs that prevent or curb flooding, sewage overflows and leaks from toxic waste sites.  Environment Maine also called for preventing more global warming- fueled extreme weather in the future. 

Friday morning at 5 a.m. The sky is dark, but the roads are clear and I’m just a few miles away from my AirBnb in Murfreesboro, Tennessee — valuables, pup and nourishment in tow. After 18 hours of driving, I’m exhausted but grateful to be out of harm’s way.

News Release | Environment Maine Research and Policy Center

It’s Time to Get the Lead out of School Drinking Water, Says Environment Maine

Citing growing evidence of pervasive lead contamination in schools’ drinking water, Environment Maine today launched a new Get the Lead Out campaign.  An analysis by Environment Maine Research and Policy Center gave Maine a grade of F to prevent children’s drinking water from becoming laced with lead at school. The Maine Public Health Association, Prevent Harm, and State Senator Rebecca Millett all joined Environment Maine in calling for swift action to ensure lead-free water in Maine’s schools and daycares. 

News Release | Environment Maine

Environment Maine Applauds Senator Collins on her Commitment to Vote Against AG Scott Pruitt for EPA

PORTLAND, ME—  Environment Maine had just wrapped up delivering over 300 personal letters to Senator Collins yesterday when she announced that she would vote no on the appointment of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. Laura Dorle, Campaign Director with Environment Maine, issued the following statement:

"We couldn't be more grateful to Senator Collins for listening to her constituents and standing up for Maine's environment by committing to vote no on Scott Pruitt. As the only member of her party to thus far make this commitment, we want Senator Collins to know that we have her back on this issue.

Report | Environment Maine Research and Policy Center

Get the Lead Out

Our children need safe drinking water – especially at school where they go to learn and play each day.  Unfortunately, lead is contaminating drinking water at schools and pre-schools across the country.  As our report shows, states are so far failing to make the grade when it comes to keeping lead out of drinking water at school.  Instead of waiting for more testing, we need to proactively remove the lead pipes and plumbing at the root of this toxic hazard for our children.

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