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We helped lead the charge on the first statewide bag ban.

Big victory! California is the first state to ban single-use plastic bags, thanks in large part to the work of our state affiliate in California. When this law goes into effect in July 2015, we’ll take billions of plastic bags out of our environment. That means cleaner rivers and a safer future for sea turtles and other Pacific wildlife. In 2013, the number of communities banning plastic disposable bags—the kind that  often wash into the sea and harm sea birds and other marine animals—surpassed 100, thanks in part to the advocacy and organizing of our state affiliates across the country.

News Release | Environment America

U.S. EPA Proposes Protections against Air Pollution from Oil and Gas Industry

As U.S. EPA held a public hearing today in Pittsburgh, Environment America praised the agency’s proposed rules to curb air pollution from oil and gas operations as part of an urgently needed response to the public health threats posed by ‘fracking’.

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News Release | Environment America

U.S. House Votes to Put 139,500 Lives at Risk

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “TRAIN” Act, legislation that would indefinitely delay the clean-up of toxic power plant pollution. The legislation could result in 139,500 lives lost due to smog, soot, and toxic air pollution.

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News Release | Environment America

Governor Brown Signs Two Important Solar Power Bills

Environment California applauds governor’s commitment to growing mainstream solar power market.

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News Release | Environment America

Obama Administration Stands Up for Americans' Health, Opposes Dangerous “TRAIN” Act

Today, the Obama administration issued a statement opposing the “TRAIN” Act (H.R. 2401) which would block landmark public health standards under the Clean Air Act and put tens of thousands of lives at risk.

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Report | Environment America

Danger in the Air: Unhealthy Air Days in 2010 and 2011

All Americans should be able to breathe clean air.  But pollution from power plants and vehicles puts the health of our nation’s children and families at risk.  Ground-level ozone, the main component of smog, is one of the most harmful and one of the most pervasive air pollutants.  According to the American Lung Association, nearly half of all Americans – 48 percent – still live in areas with unhealthy levels of smog pollution.

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