Consumer Reports Says “Don’t Drink That Water” To More Than One Third of Americans

Consumer Reports Says “Don’t Drink That Water” To More Than One Third of Americans

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Having a glass of clean, safe water should be as easy as turning on the tap. But that’s not what a Consumer Reports/The Guardian US investigation of tap water nationwide found. More than a third of the water they sampled had “concerning” levels of PFAS, a class of lab-created […]

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“Frack Pack” Bills Reintroduced by Congress — Time to Close Loopholes?

“Frack Pack” Bills Reintroduced by Congress — Time to Close Loopholes?

Today, four House Democrats — Matt Cartwright (PA) Yvette Clarke (NY), Diana DeGette (CO), and Jan Schakowsky (IL) — reintroduced a package of five bills that would hold oil and gas companies accountable to meet national water and air protection standards, plugging loopholes and undoing many of the anti-environment policies of the Trump administration. 

Why This Matters: President Donald Trump rolled back 28 air quality and emissions regulations and 8 water pollution regulations — these bills would reverse those rollbacks and close loopholes in current law.

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Regan Rescues Science, Puts Protection Back on the Docket at EPA

Regan Rescues Science, Puts Protection Back on the Docket at EPA

The newly-confirmed EPA Administrator Michael Regan did a round of interviews yesterday with The NYT, Vox, The Washington Post, and even Rolling Stone.  He told The Times his immediate priorities are rebuilding agency morale, restoring the role of science — and scientists — in developing air and water rules, and ensuring environmental justice for communities […]

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Fighting For Indigenous Clean Water Rights: Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai

Fighting For Indigenous Clean Water Rights: Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai

Jamescita Peshlakai is currently serving her second term in the Arizona Senate as the state’s first Navajo woman senator. In Peshlakai’s district, which contains Navajo Nation, a lack of safe drinking water has long been a dire issue. It’s estimated that 40% or more of Navajo households are without running water and many remote Navajos […]

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Jackson, MS is Struggling With a Water Crisis, Who’s Paying Attention?

Jackson, MS is Struggling With a Water Crisis, Who’s Paying Attention?

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer While all eyes were on Texas last month, another part of the U.S. has been dealing with its own water crisis. Parts of Jackson, Mississippi have been without water for almost 3 weeks after cold weather swept through the region. Thousands of people, predominantly people of color, have been impacted by the shortage […]

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After Texas Deep Freeze, 74 Lawmakers and 500 Organizations Urge Biden to Back Water Infrastructure Bill

After Texas Deep Freeze, 74 Lawmakers and 500 Organizations Urge Biden to Back Water Infrastructure Bill

While more than one million Texans are still living without running water, Democratic lawmakers and advocates across the nation are urging President Biden to back a water infrastructure bill that would commit $35 billion to update and climate-proof the nation’s water infrastructure. 

Why This Matters: The Guardian reports that a majority of water and waste systems in the U.S. are unprepared to deal with the increasing impacts of climate change.

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