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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

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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News Release | Environment America

Lawmakers To Hold Hearings on Governor Christie's Energy Plans for New Jersey

Leading lawmakers today announced plans for a hearing to explore the impacts of Governor Christie’s proposed 10-year Energy Master Plan. Chairmen of the Senate and Assembly Environment Committees Bob Smith and John F. McKeon said the hearing, scheduled for this Thursday at 10am in Tom’s River, will give citizens and stakeholder groups the opportunity to voice their opinions on the plan.

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