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Jackson Water Crisis

Fact SheetMississippi, JacksonSarah Tallman, Kimberly Leefatt
The drinking water system in Jackson, Mississippi, has suffered from serious safety and reliability problems for decades. Despite recent attention from federal officials, including a lawsuit filed against the city of Jackson in late 2022, the water system’s problems have…

Water Affordability Business Case Downloadable Tool

OverviewUnited StatesLarry Levine, Ed Osann
To help provide safe and affordable water and sanitation to everyone in their communities, this tool allows utilities to assess the business case for implementing a discount program for low-income customers.

Letter to EPA supporting strong Lead and Copper Rule (PDF)

Letters
In this letter, 79 organizations (including NRDC) urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not to weaken an upcoming Safe Drinking Water Act rule based on water utilities’ exaggerated and misplaced concerns about costs. The letter urges EPA to ensure...

Causes and Effects of Lead in Water

GuideUnited States, Flint, Michigan, IllinoisKeith Mulvihill

How this harmful neurotoxin got into our taps and what it’ll take to get it out.

California FY24 LSLR IUP Coalition - Comment Letter (PDF)

Letters
This letter, on behalf of 26 organizations, urges the State Water Resource Control Board to ensure the safe and timely identification and removal of lead service lines. The letter requests the Board to make the revisions to the draft 2023-24...

Building Batteries Better: Doing the Best With Less

ReportUnited StatesJordan Brinn
Reducing the amount of mining needed through improvements in battery technology, second-life applications for vehicle batteries, and better recycling is key to reducing harms caused from battery supply chains.

Greenhouse Effect 101

GuideUnited States, InternationalMelissa Denchak
By increasing the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, we’re amplifying the planet’s natural greenhouse effect and turning up the dial on global warming.

Comments on EPA’s Proposed MCLs for Six PFAS with Exhibits (PDF)

Comments
NRDC, as part of a coalition of 36 organizations, submitted comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed National Primary Drinking Water Regulation for six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Also included as exhibits are technical comments and further...