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We helped win the biggest step forward for clean water in a decade

Over half of the nation’s streams, which feed drinking water sources for one in three Americans, will regain federal protections under a final rule signed by the Obama administration. The measure restores Clean Water Act safeguards to small streams and headwaters that have been vulnerable to development and pollution for nearly 10 years. Environment America and allies gathered more than 800,000 comments and held more than half a million face-to-face conversations about the need to close the loophole in the Clean Water Act. Learn about our Clean Water for America campaign here. 

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Environmental report: Cooper River laden with carcinogens

The Cooper River is the sixth most polluted river in terms of carcinogenic toxins according to a report by Environment America, a federation of state-based, citizen-funded environmental advocacy organizations.

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Cushing's Litany of Climate Disasters, Fueled By Our Addiction To Oil

President Barack Obama’s visit to Cushing, Oklahoma, the “Pipeline Crossroads for the World,” took him to ground zero for climate disasters in the United States.

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Environmental group: Miss.River 2nd-most polluted in country

One of Dyer County's most grand sights is the mighty Mississippi River, but what looks like a beautifully powerful mass of rolling water is reportedly one of America's most polluted rivers.

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Report | Environment America Research and Policy Center

Wasting Our Waterways 2012

Industrial facilities continue to dump millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s rivers, streams, lakes and ocean waters each year – threatening both the environment and human health. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pollution from industrial facilities is responsible for threatening or fouling water quality in more than 14,000 miles of rivers and more than 220,000 acres of lakes, ponds and estuaries nationwide.

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News Release | Environment America Research and Policy Center

America’s Waterways received 226 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals

Five states—Indiana,  Virginia, Nebraska, Texas, and Georgia—account for forty percent of the total amountof toxic discharges to U.S. waterways in 2010, according to a new report released today by Environment America. Wasting Our Waterways: Industrial Toxic Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act also reports that 226 million pounds of toxic chemicals were discharged into 1,400 waterways across the country.

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