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Issue Briefs

Briefs Found: 20
May 27, 2015

Detroit Needs a Water Affordability Plan

To avoid violating basic human rights and creating a public health crisis, Detroit must stop residential shutoffs, restore service to disconnected households and implement a broad and accessible affordability program.

May 4, 2015

Fracking and Earthquakes

Fracking, along with the disposal of toxic fracking waste through underground injection control wells, has been linked to induced seismicity — in other words, to human-caused earthquake activity.

October 27, 2014

Haddonfield’s Water Future

Haddonfield, New Jersey should retain local public ownership of its water resources to best protect the interests of consumers and the environment.

August 25, 2014

Incentivizing Fracking: The EPA’s “Clean Power Plan”

On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new “Clean Power Plan.” The plan aims to cut the nation’s carbon emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

May 8, 2014

Aqua America: A Corporate Profile

Aqua America is the second largest publicly traded U.S. water utility company, serving nearly three million people in eight states.

February 11, 2014
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The Rapid Industrialization of Frac Sand

Frac sand is an essential component in the fracking process; it is combined with large quantities of water and toxic chemicals, which are injected underground at high pressure to crack dense rock and release oil and gas.

January 29, 2014

Trouble Brewing in the Great Lakes

Unconventional oil and gas development poses a significant threat to the North American Great Lakes, the largest cluster of freshwater lakes in the world.

August 28, 2013
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The EPA’s Failure to Track Factory Farms

In the spring of 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that detailed the EPA’s internal process for proposing a CAFO reporting rule, known as the “308 Rule” under Section 308 of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

August 19, 2013
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Fracking Colorado: Illusory Benefits, Hidden Costs

Coloradans are increasingly aware of the problems that accompany drilling and fracking for oil and natural gas. Communities are working to ban the practice and, of course, the oil and gas industry is fighting back. But the industry’s primary argument – that fracking drives economic growth and prosperity in the state – just doesn’t add up.

December 13, 2011
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What the SLUDGE is this?

Sludge is the solid remnants of the wastewater treatment process. Wastewater treatment facilities, most of which are publicly owned treatment works (POTWs), are able to remove many of the bacteria, viruses and chemicals that end up in sludge. POTWs serve approximately 75 percent of the U.S. population. Yet these facilities do not have enough money to purchase the technology needed to remove all of the prescription drugs and chemicals that enter the wastewater stream every day from our household and personal care products.

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