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We helped permanently protect the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as a national monument.

Big victory! The White House announced the Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks, a pristine wild landscape in New Mexico, will be permanently protected as a national monument. President Obama signed the declaration at the Interior Department on Wednesday, May 21. Protecting nearly a half million acres, this will be the largest monument the Obama administration has declared so far.

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We won a temporary ban on mining near the Grand Canyon.

Toxic mining has no place near the Grand Canyon. The Obama administration responded to calls from Environment America and our allies, and issued a temporary ban on new mining on more than 1 million acres surrounding the Grand Canyon. We’re pushing hard to make the ban permanent while working to stop mining outside Minnesota’s Boundary Waters, Yosemite and other special places.

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We're restoring Clean Water Act protections.

At our urging, more than 250,000 Americans called on the Environmental Protection Agency to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act. This spring, they answered by proposing a rule to restore protections to the more than 20 million acres of wetlands, 60% of streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans. With your support, we’ll see this critical safeguard over the finish line and secure the biggest clean water victory in more than a decade. 

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We won monumental clean car standards.

On July 29, 2011, President Obama announced the outline of new clean car standards covering cars and light trucks through 2025. The new standards will require new cars to achieve a fleet average of 54.5 miles per gallon. Thousands of our members helped seal the deal by emailing the White House and attending Environmental Protection Agency hearings in support of the standards.

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We launched campaigns to promote sustainable farms.

Farming should help the environment, not hurt it. Yet large-scale, industrial farms that cause a host of problems for our water, air and quality of life dominate agriculture today. In 2013, Environment America state affiliates launched campaigns to get more fresh, local and sustainable food for our restuarants, schools and communities, and ensure that farming doesn't pollute our land or waterways.

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