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We helped mobilize 800,000 Americans to stand up for clean water

Polluting industries have put our nation's waters in jeopardy by carving loopholes in the Clean Water Act, leaving 2 million miles of America's streams open to pollution. Environment America took our case to the Obama administration, urging the EPA to restore Clean Water Act protection to all of our waters. We helped mobilize more than 800,000 Americans, including more than 400 mayors and other local officials, to join our call for action. Learn about our Clean Water for America campaign here. 

News Release | Environment America

America’s Waterways under Attack by Senators Barrasso and Heller

This week, the U.S. Senate could vote on an amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill that would put the health of America’s waterways like the Everglades, the Colorado River, and the Chesapeake Bay at risk.  If passed, the amendment introduced by Senators John Barrasso (WY) and Dean Heller (NV) would block the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA from restoring the Clean Water Act, leaving the drinking water of 117 million Americans vulnerable to polluters. 

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Report | Environment America

America's Biggest Mercury Polluters: How Cleaning up the Dirtiest Power Plants will Protect Public Health

Power plants continue to release large amounts of toxic pollutants, including mercury, into our air. In 2010, two-thirds of all airborne mercury pollution in the United States came from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants. In other words, power plants generate more airborne mercury pollution than all other industrial sources combined. Mercury is a potent neurotoxicant. Mercury exposure during critical periods of brain development can contribute to irreversible deficits in verbal skills, damage to attention and motor control, and reduced IQ. In 2011, the U.S.

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News Release | Environment America

New Energy Standards for Heating and Cooling Systems will Reduce Pollution, Save Consumers Billions of Dollars

Environment America joined consumer, energy efficiency and environmental organizations in praising Secretary of Energy Steven Chu for finalizing stronger efficiency standards for heating and cooling systems. The standards, supported by manufacturers, consumer groups, energy efficiency organizations, and environmental groups, would reduce global warming pollution by 143 million tons over 30 years -- the equivalent of taking one coal plant off line every year.

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News Release | Environment America

Obama Administration Proposes Historic Clean Cars Standards

The Obama administration today officially proposed new clean car standards that represent the biggest step the U.S. has ever taken to get off oil and tackle global warming. The standards would require cars and light trucks in model years 2017-2025 to meet a fleet-wide average fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards equivalent to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

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News Release | Environment America

Remembering Dr. Paul Epstein, a Public Health Hero and Champion of Global Warming Solutions

I and my colleagues at Environment America are deeply saddened by the death of Dr. Paul Epstein this week.  We’ve lost a great man; one who has been at the forefront of the movement to confront global warming for more than 20 years.  

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