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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

U.S. House Subcommittee Passes Dirty Air & Dirty Water Bill that Threatens Americans’ Health and Environment

Today the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies passed in a 7 to 4 vote a bill that attacks protections and funding for clean air, water and public lands, and puts Americans’ health at risk. 

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Report | Environment America

Getting Off Oil: A 50 State Roadmap for Curbing our Dependence on Petroleum

America’s dependence on oil inflicts a heavy toll on our environment – polluting our ocean waters, destroying natural landscapes and fouling our air. With oil companies taking greater and greater risks to satisfy the world’s demand for oil, the environmental toll of America’s oil dependence continues to rise. 

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News Release | Environment America

EPA to Save As Many As 34,000 Lives With New Clean Air Protections

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a historic clean air standard to cut deadly smog- and soot-forming pollution from power plants in the eastern half of the country. EPA estimates that the rule will save as many as 34,000 lives in 2014.

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News Release | Environment America

San Antonio Power Plant Expected to Be Retired

Environment Texas hailed the expected announcement today by San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro that the city-owned CPS Energy will retire the polluting Deely power plant by the year 2018 and replace its power with additional investments in solar energy. According to research by Environment Texas, in 2009, the Deely plant emitted 3657 tons of nitrogen oxide, a key precursor to smog pollution. The two Deely smokestacks join with the two “Spruce” units to make up the Calaveras Power Station, which an April Environment Texas report found ranked 11th out of the state’s 20 power plants for mercury pollution. And according to a study by the Clean Air Task Force, power plant pollution in Bexar County is linked to 282 asthma attacks and 11 deaths every year.

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News Release | Environment America

Sen. Carper & EPA Air Chief Gina McCarthy Highlight Life-Saving Clean Air Rules

This morning the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, chaired by Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, is hosting a hearing to highlight two critical rules that would dramatically limit dangerous air pollution and protect public health – EPA’s proposed Power Plant Mercury and Air Toxics Rule and proposed Transport Rule. The hearing will feature testimony from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air and Radiation Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy. The two rules would save tens of thousands of lives each year once implemented.

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