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President Obama Expands California Coastal National Monument

President Barack Obama signed a proclamation to permanently protect California’s Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument. The move saves 1,600 acres of beach, wetlands, dunes, and waterways along Northern California’s scenic coastline. Nathan Weaver, preservation advocate with Environment California, attended the dedication event.

News Release | Environment America

U.S. EPA Protects Public Health with Mercury and Air Toxics Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protected public health today by issuing a new standard to cut mercury and other toxic air pollutants from power plants. The EPA estimates that each year the standard, commonly referred to as the “Mercury and Air Toxics Rule,” will reduce mercury from power plants by 91 percent, prevent 12,200 trips to the hospital, and save 17,000 lives once it is implemented.

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News Release | Environment America

Agribusiness Lobby Fights Against Clean Water

Big agribusiness interests are among the largest roadblocks to clean water in the United States, according to a new report by Environment America. The report, “Growing Influence: The Political Power of Agribusiness and the Fouling of America’s Waterways,” released today, comes days after the U.S. House voted to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from moving forward with measures to protect America’s waterways from unlimited pollution. 

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Report | Environment America

Agribusiness Lobby Fights Against Clean Water

The agribusiness lobby is well known as one of the most powerful in Washington, D.C., and many states. Less well known is the fact that big agribusiness interests are among the biggest roadblocks to cleaner water for the American people.

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News Release | Environment America

Administration’s Next Five Year Plan Must Protect our Coasts

Today the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) ended its series of public hearings on the environmental impacts of its next five year drilling plan (2012-2017). The five year drilling plan determines where offshore leasing should and should not be done and the sequencing of leasing.

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News Release | Environment America

EPA Rule to Limit Toxic Mercury Emissions Protects Health and Cuts Dangerous Pollution

Today the United States Environmental Protection Agency finalized its rule to limit mercury and other toxic air emissions from industrial sources (also referred to as the “Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT)”).

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