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Nearly 50,000 Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped into New Mexico’s Waterways

Santa Fe, NM--Industrial facilities dumped 49,786 pounds of toxic chemicals into New Mexico’s waterways,” according to a new report released today by Environment New Mexico. Wasting Our Waterways: Industrial Toxic Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act also found that 226 million pounds of toxic chemicals were discharged into 1,400 waterways across the country.

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Wasting Our Waterways

Toxic Industrial Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act

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Landmark Clean Water Announcement

Environment New Mexico hailed the Obama administration for releasing a proposed guidance that, if adopted, would restore Clean Water Act protections to vital streams across New Mexico and protect New Mexicans’ drinking water.  One of America’s core environmental laws, the original Clean Water Act was intended to protect all of our waters from harmful pollution.  “New Mexicans want clean water. In fact, whenever I talk to people across New Mexico  about this issue, they are simply appalled to learn that the Clean Water Act might no longer protect their favorite local stream,” said Sanders Moore, Advocate at Environment New Mexico.  

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FREE Screening of the Oscar Nominated Documentary: Gasland

Can you light your water on fire? This is a real concern for residents across the country whose water has been contaminated by hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," a dangerous method of natural gas extraction. Companies are already fracking in New Mexico and are rapidly looking to expand the practice. Join us for a screening of Gasland  on Tuesday, June 21st. Attendees will learn about the dangers associated with fracking and how New Mexico's drinking water is at risk.

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Dirty Energy's Assault on our Health: Mercury

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, mercury impairs 3,781 bodies of water across the country, and 6,363,707 acres of lakes, reservoirs, and ponds in the United States are contaminated by mercury pollution. 

Result

EPA announces plan to protect our waters.

After thousands of members of Environment New Mexico and our sister organizations urged the Environmental Protection Agency to act, Administrator Jackson announced a plan to restore Clean Water Act protections. We’ve since delivered more than 100,000 public comments in support of clean water protections. We need your help to make sure the public’s voice is heard above the din of corporate lobbyists and special interests. 

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Wasting our Waterways

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 EPA, pollution from industrial facilities is responsible for threatening or fouling water quality in more than 10,000 miles of rivers and more than 200,000 acres of lakes, ponds and estuaries nationwide. The continued release of large volumes of toxic chemicals into the nation’s waterways shows that the nation needs to do more to reduce the threat posed by toxic chemicals to our environment and our health and to ensure that our waterways are fully protected against harmful pollution. Industrial facilities dumped 232 million pounds of toxic chemicals into American waterways in 2007, according to the federal government’s Toxic Release Inventory:

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Environment New Mexico Warns that New Mexcio's Waterways Are at Risk of Increased Pollution:

Streams and wetlands in New Mexico are at risk of unlimited pollution, according to a report released today by Environment New Mexico, Courting Disaster: How the Supreme Court Has Broken the Clean Water Act and Why Congress Must Fix It.  One case study highlighted in this report is that Cannon Air Force Base in Curry County discharges 750,000 gallons a day from its wastewater treatment plant.

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