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We helped permanently protect the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as a national monument.

Big victory! The White House announced the Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks, a pristine wild landscape in New Mexico, will be permanently protected as a national monument. President Obama signed the declaration at the Interior Department on Wednesday, May 21. Protecting nearly a half million acres, this will be the largest monument the Obama administration has declared so far. Now, mountain lions, pronghorn antelope and peregrine falcon will have protected habitat, while New Mexicans and all Americans have beautiful places for hiking and other recreational adventures long into the future.

News Release | Environment America

Supreme Court ruling preserves Clean Power Plan and EPA authority

In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to limit carbon pollution from power plants but limited the EPA’s authority to issue permits for a narrow set of industrial facilities.

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News Release | Environment America

Environment America Launches Global Warming Solutions Campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two weeks after Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the Clean Power Plan — the first-ever federal limits on global warming pollution from power plants — Environment America launched a nationwide “Global Warming Solutions Campaign.”

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News Release | Environment America

206 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped into America’s Waterways

WASHINGTON, DC – From the Chesapeake Bay to the Great Lakes to the Puget Sound, industrial facilities dumped more than 206 million pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s waterways in 2012, according to a new report by Environment America Research and Policy Center. The “Wasting Our Waterways” report comes as the Environmental Protection Agency considers a new rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to 2 million miles of critical waterways across the nation – a move bitterly opposed by the lobbyists for corporate agribusiness, including the American Farm Bureau. 

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News Release | Environment America

President Obama Proposes to Create World’s Largest Marine Sanctuary in the Pacific

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Obama administration proposed to create the world’s largest marine sanctuary by expanding the existing Pacific Remote Islands National Monument.

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News Release | Environment America

Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee should Protect Clean Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee will mark up its spending bill. Last week, the House of Representatives Energy and Water Appropriations Committee rubberstamped a spending bill that threatens America’s waterways by blocking Clean Water Act protections. Today, the Senate subcommittee may consider adopting similar language.

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