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Restoring the Chesapeake Bay

Pollution from factory farms and rampant development creates a dead zone in the Chesapeake Bay every summer where wildlife cannot survive—but a new EPA cleanup plan will stem the tide and set tough limits on big polluters. Our staff in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland spoke to tens of thousands of people in the Chesapeake Bay area to build support for the plan, and are pushing state leaders to join the EPA in enforcing strong pollution limits.

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No new drilling off our coasts

From the Outer Banks to Key West, our shores will remain safe from the kind of oil-rig disaster that fouled the Gulf of Mexico, thanks to the Obama administration’s decision declaring the Atlantic, Pacific and Florida coasts off-limits to new drilling. We organized grassroots support for the ban before, during and after the Gulf oil disaster.

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Big victory improves energy efficiency

What’s the cheapest, cleanest, fastest way to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels? Make our homes, businesses and other buildings more energy efficient. The building code upgrades we’ve won in states across America will save enough electricity to avoid the need for 84 coal-fired power plants in the next decade.

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Record Breaking 3M for clean air

Together with our allies, we’ve delivered more than 3 million comments and joined hundreds of citizens at hearings  to support the EPA's proposed carbon pollution standards for new power plants. Environment America’s Anna Aurilio delivers comments to EPA Assistant Administrator of Air and Radiation Gina McCarthy.  

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Wind Power for America

Congress extended critical federal tax credits for wind power early this year, thanks to the hard work of our staff, allies, and supporters. In the U.S., wind energy now powers the equivalent of 13 million homes and renewable energy accounted for nearly 50 percent of all newly installed power in 2012. Here, Environment Minnesota’s Michelle Hesterberg is joined by Duluth Mayor Don Ness and Ventera Winds President Joseph Woods to tout the environmental benefits of wind energy to local media.

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