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We helped mobilize 800,000 Americans to stand up for clean water

Polluting industries have put our nation's waters in jeopardy by carving loopholes in the Clean Water Act, leaving 2 million miles of America's streams open to pollution. Environment America took our case to the Obama administration, urging the EPA to restore Clean Water Act protection to all of our waters. We helped mobilize more than 800,000 Americans, including more than 400 mayors and other local officials, to join our call for action. Learn about our Clean Water for America campaign here. 

News Release | Environment America

One Million Acres around the Grand Canyon Protected from Toxic Mining

Today Interior Secretary Ken Salazar protected the Grand Canyon from toxic mining. After more than 2 years of environmental analysis and receiving nearly 300,000 public comments from the American people, environmental and conservation groups, the outdoor recreation industry, mayors and tribal leaders, Secretary Salazar withdrew more than 1 million acres of land around the canyon from new mining claims for the next twenty years.

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News Release | Environment America

First-Ever Mercury and Air Toxics Safeguards Will Save Lives

First-ever public health safeguards aimed at curbing emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from dirty power plants will save lives and protect kids, say leading national environmental and public health groups.  

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News Release | Environment America

President Obama & EPA Protect Public Health, Announce Landmark Mercury Standard for Power Plants

Today, President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first-ever nationwide standard for mercury and air toxics pollution from power plants. A record 907,000 Americans submitted comments on the standard, which is expected to cut toxic mercury pollution from power plants by 90 percent.

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News Release | Environment America

Americans Escape Worst Attacks on Public Health and Environment in Government Funding Bill

The most egregious proposed attacks on America’s environment and public health were left out of the final omnibus spending bill that Congress and the White House agreed to today, though the final bill did include several unacceptable and dangerous measures.

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House Leadership Seeks to Hijack Spending Bill to Block Energy Saving Light Bulbs

The House of Representatives is reportedly pushing a rollback of energy saving standards for light bulbs in the omnibus spending bill being debated in Congress.   If successful, they will repeal energy efficiency standards for light bulbs that were originally passed with industry support and a large bipartisan majority in 2007.  According to a study by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy the standards could lead to $11.9 billion per year in energy savings when fully instituted.  

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