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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.

News Release | Environment America

Reducing Military Oil Consumption Will Protect America

Representative Giffords and Senator Udall have proposed the Udall-Giffords Security Act, a bill to encourage the military to reduce their dependence on foreign oil through generating increased alternative energy, investing in electric and hybrid vehicles, strengthening renewable energy programs and smart grid technologies, and increasing fuel efficiency standards for military vehicles.

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News Release | Environment America

Exxon Loses Bid to Halt Clean Air Act Suit

A federal court yesterday rejected a motion by ExxonMobil Corporation and two subsidiaries to dismiss a lawsuit filed against them by Sierra Club and Environment Texas. The lawsuit alleges thousands of violations of the Clean Air Act at the nation’s largest oil refinery and chemical plant complex, located in Baytown, Texas. According to the groups, millions of pounds of pollutants have been released in these violations.

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News Release | Environment America

Pollution’s Effect on Children’s Health

This morning the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety and the Subcommittee on Children’s Health and Environmental Responsibility are holding a joint hearing to hear from a panel of experts about air pollution’s effects on the health of America’s children. Today has also been declared an “orange alert” unhealthy air day for ozone pollution – the primary component of smog.

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News Release | Environment America

Pennsylvania Environmental Groups Win Record Penalty Against PA Water Polluter

After more than four years of litigation, PennEnvironment, the Sierra Club, and several of their local members have succeeded in imposing the largest penalty in Pennsylvania history against a water polluter under the federal Clean Water Act’s citizen enforcement provision.

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News Release | Environment America

New Vehicle Labels Encourage Cleaner Cars

Today the Obama administration announced new fuel economy window labels for passenger vehicles that will help Americans shopping for a new car better identify each car’s projected pollution emissions and its gasoline costs. The new labels are expected to help car buyers more easily identify these cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars.

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