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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.

Report | Environment America

Summer Gas Prices: Beating the Heat with Clean Cars

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News Release | Environment America

National Research Council Faults States for Water Protection Failures

Today the National Research Council of the National Academies issued a new report covering states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed: “Achieving Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Goals in the Chesapeake Bay: An Evaluation of Program Strategies and Implementation.” The report analyzes the tracking and verification of water cleanup actions. The report notes that many current measures are “low-hanging fruit,” like cover crops and sewage treatment plant upgrades. Very soon, states will need to start implementing more innovative approaches.

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News Release | Environment America

Landmark Clean Water Announcement

Environment America hailed the Obama administration for releasing a proposed guidance that, if adopted, would restore Clean Water Act protections to vital streams across the country and protect American’s drinking water. In response to the announcement, Environment America is launching a major initiative to build support for clean water protections.

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News Release | Environment America

25 Years after Chernobyl: Nuclear Power is Still Too Risky

On the 25th anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, the world is yet again faced with widespread radioactive contamination from damaged nuclear plants. After an earthquake and tsunami hit the coast of Japan, four reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant are partially melted down and have been leaking dangerous radioactive elements for more than a month. The disaster’s severity has been rated at the highest international level and stands alone with Chernobyl in the history of nuclear power as a ’major accident,’ with ‘widespread health and environmental effects.’Areas around Chernobyl are still contaminated with levels of radioactive elements that are dangerous to public health and the environment.

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One Year After the BP Gulf Oil Spill, Not Much Has Changed: Oil Is Still Washing Up, Congress Is Sitting on Its Hands, Oil Industry Profits Are Gushing

One year ago, on April 20th around 9:30 PM BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in flames, claiming the lives of eleven men and starting the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Before the well was capped 87 days later on July 15th, more than 200 million gallons of oil had been spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. More than 1,000 miles of the coastline were oiled, thousands of birds and sea turtles were dead or dying, tourism and fishing along the Gulf coast trickled to a standstill, and billions of dollars of damage to our natural resources and economy was done. For three months Americans watched helplessly as the oil gushed out. Despite the efforts of tens of thousands of workers and billions of dollars spent on stopping the well and cleaning up, less than 15 percent of the spilled oil was ever cleaned up.

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