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President Obama Expands California Coastal National Monument

President Barack Obama signed a proclamation to permanently protect California’s Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument. The move saves 1,600 acres of beach, wetlands, dunes, and waterways along Northern California’s scenic coastline. Nathan Weaver, preservation advocate with Environment California, attended the dedication event.

Report | Environment America

A Program that Works: How the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Is Helping the Northeast Shift to Clean Energy and Reduce Pollution from Fossil Fuels

The Northeast faces two fundamental and intertwined challenges: fossil fuel dependence and pollution from fossil fuels. Our dependence on coal, oil, and gas imposes economic costs, pollutes our air and water, and harms public health. It also contributes to global warming, which threatens the future of our coastal cities with sea-level rise, the future of our beloved ecosystems with the loss of habitats and species, and the well-being of our people with extreme weather events and new threats to public health.

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News Release | Environment America

Polluters Get Their Wish as EPA Delays Deadline for Public Comments on Mercury Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it will delay the comment period deadline for its proposed Mercury and Air Toxics Standard for Power Plants by 30 days.

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News Release | Environment America

Nuclear Regulations Designed for Easy Compliance, Not Safety

The Associated Press (AP) released a report today documenting a long history of loosened regulations and weak enforcement by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The report specifically shows that when nuclear plants were found to be dangerously out of compliance, rather than enforcing their regulations the NRC weakened their safety protections. The report was announced less than week after a NRC task force found faults in nuclear power plant emergency preparedness systems and the regulations that prescribe the extent of those systems.

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News Release | Environment America

AEP Cries Wolf on Power Plant Shutdowns Due to Public Health Protections

Last week, American Electric Power (AEP) announced that it will shut down 21 coal-fired power plants across the country—plants that, according to analysis by Center for American Progress, emitted 1,186 pounds of mercury, 3,842 pounds of arsenic, 1,578 pounds of lead, and more than 4 million pounds of acid gases in 2009. The utility claimed that this decision is due to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s work to limit air pollution from power plants. However, the utility’s prior statements indicate that it had already planned for these shutdowns to occur

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News Release | Environment America

Secretary Salazar Announces Important Step toward Protecting the Grand Canyon from Toxic Mining

Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Department of the Interior has chosen the withdrawal of one million acres of land around Grand Canyon National Park from new mining claims for up to twenty years as the agency’s preferred course of action and that it would continue to protect these areas under an emergency withdrawal until the release of a final decision, expected at the end of the year. Environment America’s Anna Aurilio issued the following statement.

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