News Release | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center releases revised report on water pollution at beaches

Following questions raised about data in the original version of our “Safe for Swimming?” report, released Tuesday June 23, Environment Oregon Research & Policy announced that, following a reanalysis of testing results for fecal bacteria in waters off Oregon beaches, data in Oregon remained substantially the same.

News Release | Environment America

House passes sweeping PFAS protections: 2025 ban on military use, Superfund cleanup and clean water safeguards

The U.S. House approved a host of provisions today to address widespread drinking water contamination from toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The annual defense spending bill would phase out the military’s use of PFAS-containing firefighting foams by 2025 — a major source of drinking water contamination. The bill would also designate all PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances under Superfund and toxic pollutants under the Clean Water Act, spurring cleanup and reducing discharges into waterways, respectively.

Both chambers have now incorporated our request to rapidly phase out the military’s use of PFAS. This is what communities and service members deserve. The House wants this phaseout by 2025, while the Senate says 2023. We are gratified to see this Congressional race to the top.

News Release | Environment America

Senate approves 2023 ban on military’s toxic PFAS foams

The U.S. Senate passed its annual defense policy bill today with a host of provisions to address widespread drinking water contamination from toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). One key provision would phase out the military’s use of PFAS-containing firefighting foams — a major source of pollution — by 2023. By incorporating our request to adopt a 3-year timeline for phasing out military use of PFAS, the Senate bill prevents further contamination quickly — which is what communities and service members deserve.

News Release | Environment Oregon

Oregon Legislature likely to punt action on climate change again

On Tuesday, Senate President Peter Courtney declared that there are not enough votes in the Oregon Senate to pass House Bill 2020, which tackles climate change through a cap and invest program. This comes after 11 Senate Republicans fled the state to prevent a vote on the proposal. In response we released the following statement.

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