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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

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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Report | Environment America

A Program that Works: How the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Is Helping the Northeast Shift to Clean Energy and Reduce Pollution from Fossil Fuels

The Northeast faces two fundamental and intertwined challenges: fossil fuel dependence and pollution from fossil fuels. Our dependence on coal, oil, and gas imposes economic costs, pollutes our air and water, and harms public health. It also contributes to global warming, which threatens the future of our coastal cities with sea-level rise, the future of our beloved ecosystems with the loss of habitats and species, and the well-being of our people with extreme weather events and new threats to public health.

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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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