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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

Hastings to Drillers: ‘Forget the Gulf Oil Spill; Full Speed Ahead’

The House Natural Resources Committee will mark up three bills this morning introduced by Representative Doc Hastings (R, WA). H.R.1229, H.R.1230, and H.R.1231 would require the Department of Interior to lease vast areas of the Outer Continental Shelf where there is no drilling today, speed up the permit approval process, and hand the oil industry more taxpayer subsidies --subsidies for performing seismic testing that the companies have to pay for themselves today.

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News Release | Environment America

Arizona State Budget Cuts Will Likely Force State Park Closures

As Gov. Jan Brewer signed off on the final budget late Wednesday, state parks throughout Arizona will likely face more closures in the coming months.

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Report | Environment America

Dirty Energy's Assault on our Health: Ozone

Fine particle pollution from U.S. power plants cuts short the lives of nearly 24,000 people each year and causes hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks, cardiac episodes, and respiratory problems.

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News Release | Environment America

Petition Defending the Clean Air Act Signed by Hundreds of Thousands of Americans Delivered Electronically to the White House

265,914 Americans concerned about the public health impacts of the assaults on the Clean Air Act in Congress have signed a petition to President Barack Obama thanking him for his continued public statements opposing anti-environmental provisions and asking him to continue to stand up to the big polluters and special interests and veto any legislation that includes riders or other language that would roll back clean air protections.

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News Release | Environment America

New Report: Smog-Forming Pollution a Major Threat to Americans’ Health, Environment

Power Plants across the United States emit nearly 2 million tons of smog-forming pollution every year, with power plants in the top 11 most polluting states, including Texas, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio, responsible for 50 percent of the total emissions of the pollutant, according to a new Environment America report, Dirty Energy’s Assault on Our Health: Ozone Pollution. 

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