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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

Environment Rhode Island Announces Filing of Landmark Settlement to Keep Sewage out of Newport Beaches and Harbor

Environment Rhode Island declared a critical victory for Newport beaches and harbor today, announcing that the City of Newport has agreed to take steps to end its illegal sewage and stormwater pollution.

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News Release | Environment America

More than 800,000 Speak Out in Support of Strong Mercury Safeguards

Today marks the end of a record-breaking public comment period for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA confirmed that more than 800,000 Americans and over 200 environmental, public health, and associated organizations submitted comments in support of EPA’s landmark proposed public health safeguard to cut mercury and other toxic air pollutants from power plants—the most comments ever received in support of an EPA rule.

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News Release | Environment America

More Than 170,000 Americans Urge EPA to Protect our Waterways

On July 28, thousands of public comments were delivered to the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters calling for strong clean water protections.

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News Release | Environment America

Finalized Building Energy Codes Would Reduce Carbon Pollution by 200 Million Tons and Save U.S. Consumers and Businesses $40 Billion Annually by 2030

Today, the International Codes Council released the final version of updated energy codes for homes and businesses. The widespread adoption of this updated code by local and state governments, which are 30 percent more effective than the 2006 code, would save American homes and businesses $40 billion annually in energy costs by 2030, according to the Alliance to Save Energy.

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News Release | Environment America

Make the Clean Air Promise: Public Health, Advocacy and Environmental Groups Join National Campaign to Protect Children and Families from Dangerous Air Pollution

Today, sixteen leading public health, advocacy and environmental organizations released the following statement announcing their support for the Clean Air Promise campaign and their intention to mobilize nearly 10 million members, supporters and activists to participate in the campaign launched by the League of Women Voters on July 26.

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