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A True Environmental Champion Has Passed

Environment America Executive Director Margie Alt released the following statement on the death of former Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords

News Release | Environment America

Victory for Clean Air: Supreme Court Upholds Life-Saving Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision upholding the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. EPA has projected that this critical clean air safeguard would prevent roughly 34,000 premature deaths annually by cutting emissions of smog- and soot-forming pollution from power plants in the central and eastern regions of the country.

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EPA Standard for Gasoline-Powered Vehicles is Good News for Our Health, Environment

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to today’s announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency has finalized new pollution standards from gasoline-powered vehicles, Environment America Senior Program Manager Travis Madsen issued the following statement:

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Congratulations Gina McCarthy, Our New EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Moments ago, in a bipartisan vote of 59 to 40, the U.S. Senate confirmed Gina McCarthy as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The confirmation came within a month of President Obama instructing the EPA to cut carbon pollution from power plants as part of his plan to fight global warming. Margie Alt, executive director for Environment America, issued the following statement in response:

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Senate Finally Ending Debate on EPA Nominee Gina McCarthy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After 154 days of the Environmental Protection Agency operating without a permanent administrator, the U.S. Senate today voted to end debate on Gina McCarthy leading the agency. The Senate now prepares to make a final vote to confirm or reject McCarthy for the post. Margie Alt, executive director for Environment America, issued the following statement in response:

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America Loses Environmental Champion, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, at 89

Washington, D.C. – Longtime New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg died early this morning of viral pneumonia at age 89. Margie Alt, executive director for Environment America, issued the following statement:

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Gina McCarthy’s Nomination for EPA Administrator Advances to Full Senate

The Senate EPW Committee today advanced Gina McCarthy’s nomination for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator to the full Senate. Anna Aurilio, Washington, D.C., office director for Environment America, issued the following statement.

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Senator Vitter Does Polluters’ Bidding in Boycotting Gina McCarthy’s Confirmation to Head EPA

Washington, D.C. – Today, Senator Vitter (R-LA) and other Republican senators on the Senate Committee for Environment and Public Works boycotted a scheduled committee vote to move Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Nominee Gina McCarthy’s confirmation to the full Senate, thus delaying her confirmation. Anna Aurilio, Washington, D.C., office director for Environment America, issued the following statement in response:

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New Obama Administration Pollution Standards Will Save Lives

Today the Obama administration is expected to strengthen air quality standards for particulate matter or “soot” pollution. Soot pollution is the deadliest of the common air pollutants, causing thousands of premature deaths every year across the country through a variety of cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses. It also contributes to haze that hangs over many of the country’s most scenic parks and wilderness areas. Sources of soot pollution include power plants and diesel trucks and buses. The strengthened standards, to be issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, better reflect the latest scientific research. The new standard will outline how much soot pollution can be in the air and still be safe to breathe.

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U.S. House Passes Outrageous Attack on Americans’ Health and Environment

Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed one of the most sweeping attacks on Americans’ air and water in recent memory. The passage of the bill (H.R. 3409)—which would do everything from allow more pollution in our waterways, to rollback the recently finalized carbon pollution standards for cars and light trucks—adds to this House of Representatives’ record as the most anti-environment House in the history of Congress.

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