Arsenic. Hexavalent chromium. Lead. Mercury. Do these sound like things you want in the glass of water you are about to drink? I'm guessing no, but power plants are discharging more than 5.5 billion pounds of these pollutants into our waterways every year.
Although EPA didn't find evidence of hydraulic fracturing activities causing widespread, systematic drinking water contamination, they did find many instances of localized impacts to water supply and water quality.
Poverty is a pervasive concern in high fertility countries. The world has made progress in reducing severe poverty, but it's been exceedingly slow in countries where population growth rates remain high. While family planning can reduce demographic vulnerability, developing countries also require other forms of assistance.
A handful of bills currently in play on Capitol Hill would obstruct federal agencies from enacting science-based rules, setting back health and environmental safeguards for decades to come.
Big businesses and the private sector are undergoing a major overhaul as we all need to consider the impacts of our current rates of consumption, manufacturing processes, and sourcing of raw materials to sustain our future existence.
The COP 21 climate negotiations require a new solutions-driven approach if it is to succeed. But it is possible and illustrates why Paris differs from COP 15 in Copenhagen.
Let's be clear. The EPA is doing its job. The Congress asked for a report on the effects of fracking on water and they got it. Case closed, right? The problems with this approach are so numerous as to be called widespread.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's review of fracking's threats to water quality was met with exaltation from the oil industry for this principal finding: "We did not find evidence that [fracking has] led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States."
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I drank lots of water, flushed toilets, watered plants... and hardly thought once about how easy it is to just turn on the tap. When I need clean, fresh water, it's there.
Two Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 created confusion about which waterways should be protected, leaving more than half of our nation's streams and 20 million acres of wetlands vulnerable to pollution.
Ultimately, if we want to fill our glasses with clean water, and if we want our kids to swim, fish, or play safely in our waters, we have to be willing to protect our all nation's waters, large and small, from the Great Lakes to the headwater streams.
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The Clean Water Act was enacted in the 1970s - more than a decade before I was born. A lot has changed since then, and like many things, the devastation that precipitated this historic and significant environmental law is a distant memory for most.
While safeguards for our drinking water have now been signed and sealed, they won't get delivered if polluters and their allies in Congress stand in the way.