News Release | Environment New York

Analysis: Repealing the Clean Water Rule would be Devastating for the Great Lakes basin

New analysis by Environment New York shows 53% of all stream miles in the Great Lakes basin will be left without federal protections by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s proposal to repeal the Clean Water Rule. The Clean Water Rule restored federal protections to half our nation’s streams and thousands of wetlands across the country. This includes more than 5,728 miles of intermittent, ephemeral or headwater streams that feed into drinking water systems in New York State.

“Repealing the Clean Water Rule would be devastating to the Great Lakes basin. Instead of safeguarding our drinking water, Administrator Pruitt is proposing to stop protecting drinking water sources for 1 in 3 Americans, including over 11 million New Yorkers. It defies common sense, sound science and the will of the American people,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York.

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“This loophole not only threatens our drinking water but also sets a dangerous precedent for the functioning of our democracy,” Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York

Today, the House of Representatives is considering a “minibus” spending package that would allow the Trump administration to ignore the law as it rolls back clean water protections.  The bill also contains other anti-environmental provisions and would drastically cut federal funding for clean energy.  Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement:

“Americans deserve clean water, yet a loophole in this spending bill not only threatens our drinking water but also sets a dangerous precedent for the functioning of our democracy. 

News Release | Environment New York

SENATOR GILLIBRAND IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPION

Today, Environment New York gave Senator Kirsten Gillibrand an Environmental Champion Award for her commitment to protecting our environment and public health. The senator received a 100% on Environment New York’s recent scorecard for her record of supporting policies that protect clean air, clean water, and open spaces.
“Senator Gillibrand is at the top of the class when it comes to keeping our air and water clean, protecting our special places, and ensuring a healthy climate,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “That’s why we are proud to present her with our Environmental Champion Award.” Leibowitz and other Environment New York staff and volunteers presented Senator Gillibrand with a poster of thank-you messages from New Yorkers to commemorate the award.

News Release | Environment New York

Repealing the Clean Water Rule

“Repealing the Clean Water Rule turns the mission of the Environmental Protection Agency on its head: the Trump administration is proposing to stop protecting drinking water sources for over 11 million New Yorkers. It defies common sense, sound science and the will of New Yorkers.” —Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York

News Release | Environment New York

President Trump Fails to Protect Our Water

“President Trump's order turns the mission of the Environmental Protection Agency on its head: Instead of protecting the drinking water sources for 1 in 3 Americans, he is telling the EPA to stop protecting these waters from polluters. It defies common sense, sound science and the will of the American people.” -Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York

News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

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

Albany, New York – In response to growing evidence of pervasive lead contamination in schools’ drinking water, Environment New York released a new analysis today. The report gave New York a grade of C, inadequate to prevent children’s drinking water from becoming laced with lead at school. Environment New York is calling for swift action to ensure lead-free water in New York’s schools [and daycares]. “Schools should be safe places for our kids to learn and play, but New York is not doing enough to protect our kids from lead in drinking water,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “Kids’ developing brains are especially susceptible to highly toxic lead so it’s time to get the lead out.”