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We helped permanently protect the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as a national monument.

Big victory! The White House announced the Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks, a pristine wild landscape in New Mexico, will be permanently protected as a national monument. President Obama signed the declaration at the Interior Department on Wednesday, May 21. Protecting nearly a half million acres, this will be the largest monument the Obama administration has declared so far. Now, mountain lions, pronghorn antelope and peregrine falcon will have protected habitat, while New Mexicans and all Americans have beautiful places for hiking and other recreational adventures long into the future.

News Release | Environment America

Regional Emissions Plan Helps Northeast States Shift to Clean Energy and Cut Pollution

The Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is helping states from Maryland to Maine meet their energy challenges by providing investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy, cutting pollution and curbing dependence on fossil fuels, according to a report released today by Environment America.

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News Release | Environment America

Polluters Get Their Wish as EPA Delays Deadline for Public Comments on Mercury Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it will delay the comment period deadline for its proposed Mercury and Air Toxics Standard for Power Plants by 30 days.

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News Release | Environment America

Nuclear Regulations Designed for Easy Compliance, Not Safety

The Associated Press (AP) released a report today documenting a long history of loosened regulations and weak enforcement by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The report specifically shows that when nuclear plants were found to be dangerously out of compliance, rather than enforcing their regulations the NRC weakened their safety protections. The report was announced less than week after a NRC task force found faults in nuclear power plant emergency preparedness systems and the regulations that prescribe the extent of those systems.

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News Release | Environment America

AEP Cries Wolf on Power Plant Shutdowns Due to Public Health Protections

Last week, American Electric Power (AEP) announced that it will shut down 21 coal-fired power plants across the country—plants that, according to analysis by Center for American Progress, emitted 1,186 pounds of mercury, 3,842 pounds of arsenic, 1,578 pounds of lead, and more than 4 million pounds of acid gases in 2009. The utility claimed that this decision is due to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s work to limit air pollution from power plants. However, the utility’s prior statements indicate that it had already planned for these shutdowns to occur

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News Release | Environment America

Secretary Salazar Announces Important Step toward Protecting the Grand Canyon from Toxic Mining

Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Department of the Interior has chosen the withdrawal of one million acres of land around Grand Canyon National Park from new mining claims for up to twenty years as the agency’s preferred course of action and that it would continue to protect these areas under an emergency withdrawal until the release of a final decision, expected at the end of the year. Environment America’s Anna Aurilio issued the following statement.

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