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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

Senate Must Craft Energy & Water Bill that Protects Health and the Environment

Today, the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations subcommittee will mark-up a bill to fund federal water and energy programs. In July, the House passed the Fiscal Year 2012 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill (HR 2354). The House bill made large cuts to the Department of Energy budget, especially to energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Additionally, the bill contained a rider that would block the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing new Clean Water Act protections for streams and wetlands across the country.

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News Release | Environment America

Obama Administration Decision on Smog Standards Puts Thousands of Lives at Risk

Today, the Obama administration announced that it will not update critical air quality standards for ozone pollution—commonly known as smog. This decision was made despite a unanimous recommendation by the independent board of air experts and scientists created under the Clean Air Act that the current standard be strengthened to protect public health.

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News Release | Environment America

Rep. Bachmann Suggests Support for Oil Drilling in the Everglades

During a four-day campaign tour in Florida, presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann stated that she would consider drilling for oil in the Everglades. Environment Florida Director Aliki Moncrief issued the following statement in response.

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Back to School Tips for Protecting Your Child's Health | Luke Metzger

With my five year old son Gus starting Kindergarten this week, I went through a mental checklist to make sure he has everything he needs (school supplies - check. lunchbox filled with healthy food - check. afterschool program confirmed to pick him up - check. his hair combed in the morning - well, maybe tomorrow). With the critical stuff out of the way, I started to think about other things he needs to learn in a safe, healthy environment. Here are a few tips I came up with.

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News Release | Environment America

Salazar Announces Step Forward for Offshore Wind in Rhode Island

Today, Department of the Interior Secretary Salazar announced an important step forward for clean energy in Rhode Island. Joined by Governor Lincoln Chafee and Rhode Island’s entire congressional delegation at Compass Rose Beach in North Kingstown, Secretary Salazar announced that the Department of the Interior will be conducting research on an area off the coast of Rhode Island with potential for offshore wind.

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