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We helped win the biggest step forward for clean water in a decade

Over half of the nation’s streams, which feed drinking water sources for one in three Americans, will regain federal protections under a final rule signed by the Obama administration. The measure restores Clean Water Act safeguards to small streams and headwaters that have been vulnerable to development and pollution for nearly 10 years. Environment America and allies gathered more than 800,000 comments and held more than half a million face-to-face conversations about the need to close the loophole in the Clean Water Act. Learn about our Clean Water for America campaign here. 

News Release | Environment America

4 of 5 Americans Hit by Recent Weather Disasters; New Report Says Global Warming to Bring More Extreme Weather

After a year that saw many parts of the country hit by scorching heat, devastating wildfires, severe storms and record flooding, a new Environment America report documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future. The report found that, already, 4 out of 5 Americans live in counties affected by federally declared weather-related disasters since 2006. Last year’s Hurricane Irene, which resulted in the death of 45 people in the 13 states hit by the storm, and an estimated $7.3 billion in damage, is one of the extreme weather events highlighted in the report.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey

New Report: RGGI Benefits NJ’s Economy and Environment

(TRENTON) -- As a bill moves through the Legislature to keep New Jersey in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), Environment New Jersey released a new report that quantifies the program’s benefits to the state’s economy, to business and residential ratepayers, and to the environment. The report documents the benefits already realized by New Jersey after just three years of RGGI participation, and it models future benefits that New Jersey will reap by staying in the program, under both a business-as-usual scenario and under a strengthened and improved program.

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News Release | Environment Maryland, Marylanders for Offshore Wind

Maryland Doctors & Nurses Demonstrate in Annapolis for Life-Saving Wind Power

In a vivid illustration of the clear connection between energy and public health, more than two dozen doctors and nurses -- wearing scrubs and lab coats and holding pro-wind signs -- today demonstrated in favor of Governor Martin O’Malley’s Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2012 (HB 441/SB 237) in Annapolis. Small business leaders also spoke out as part of a “Healthy Lives, Healthy Economy” event near the steps of the State House.

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News Release | Environment Maine

New Test Results Reveal BPA in Baby Food, Canned Foods

Bisphenol-A (BPA) was found in all but one of the containers of baby and toddler food tested in a new study released today by the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine. Parents and grandparents rallied at the State House and called for action to get BPA out of the food supply.  Concern about BPA as a toxic threat to children’s health has been growing in recent years as it has been linked to cancer, obesity, learning disabilities, male infertility, and early puberty in girls.

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News Release | Environment America

Environment America Responds to the President's Budget

Today President Obama announced his budget proposal for fiscal year 2013.

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