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We helped win the biggest step forward for clean water in a decade

Over half of the nation’s streams, which feed drinking water sources for one in three Americans, will regain federal protections under a final rule signed by the Obama administration. The measure restores Clean Water Act safeguards to small streams and headwaters that have been vulnerable to development and pollution for nearly 10 years. Environment America and allies gathered more than 800,000 comments and held more than half a million face-to-face conversations about the need to close the loophole in the Clean Water Act. Learn about our Clean Water for America campaign here. 

News Release | Environment America

Obama administration plan to save bees falls far short

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The White House issued a wide-ranging new plan today to stem the deaths of pollinators, with the goal of reducing honeybee colony losses to no more than 15 percent within ten years and increasing the Eastern monarch butterfly population to 225 million by 2020. The plan falls short of banning neonicotinoids, the class of pesticides known to cause harm to bees.

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News Release | Environment America

Congress stages more grandstanding against clean water

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- This morning a U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee held a hearing on S. 1140, the bill sponsored by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) to derail the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule.

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News Release | Environment America

Senator Capito unveils dirty, dangerous bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to Sen. Shelley Moore Capito's announcement of her bill attacking EPA's Clean power Plan, Environment America GlobalWarming Program Director Anna Aurilio issued a statement.

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News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

U.S. EPA touts latest move to back up commitment on climate with clean energy

SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy joined Bay Area government agencies today to celebrate their collaboration on solar power and the nation’s first federal solar partnership. The federal initiative, involving nine sites in California and Nevada, marks the first time the federal government will coordinate solar power purchases and installation across multiple agencies to maximize economies of scale. Rob Sargent, Environment America’s energy program director, praised today’s event.

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News Release | Environment America

As House dirty water bill fails key vote margin, Environment America launches “Clean Water for America”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Even as the latest attack on a proposed clean water rule failed to garner sufficient votes in the House to override a promised presidential veto, environmentalists are taking no chances: today Environment America announced an ambitious Clean Water for America summer campaign to ensure that Clean Water Act protections are finally restored to thousands of waterways across the country. The effort will reach more than 1 million households in 28 cities across the country.

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