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We helped win the biggest step forward for clean water in a decade

Over half of the nation’s streams, which feed drinking water sources for one in three Americans, will regain federal protections under a final rule signed by the Obama administration. The measure restores Clean Water Act safeguards to small streams and headwaters that have been vulnerable to development and pollution for nearly 10 years. Environment America and allies gathered more than 800,000 comments and held more than half a million face-to-face conversations about the need to close the loophole in the Clean Water Act. Learn about our Clean Water for America campaign here. 

News Release | Environment America

Northeastern states show fighting global warming helps the economy

BOSTON, MA – Nine northeastern states have boosted the regional economy by $1.3 billion through a regional program that caps global warming pollution from power plants, according to a report released today by the Analysis Group.

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Obama designates three new national monuments

WASHINGTON, DC—Three of the nation’s spectacular natural and archeological wonders gain permanent protection today, as President Barack Obama creates Waco Mammoth National Monument in Texas, Basin and Range National Monumentin Nevada, and Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in California.

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A bipartisan step to advance offshore wind in America

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) today introduced the Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act, which creates an investment tax credit for the first 3,000 MW of offshore wind facilities placed into service off America’s coast.

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Game changer for solar? | Bret Fanshaw

This week, President Obama announced a plan to increase the availability of solar energy for all Americans, particularly in low and moderate-income communities and those renting their homes and businesses. This step will allow more Americans to access solar energy, and continue our country’s necessary transition away from dirty fossil fuels of the past. 

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News Release | Environment America

U.S. House votes against clean air, protection of natural areas

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. House lawmakers voted to stall new air quality standards and stop the protection of natural areas in the Grand Canyon watershed today, as they considered amendments to their 2016 spending bill for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior. The underlying spending measure, which could see a vote Thursday, cuts the EPA budget by 9 percent and uses policy riders to block a range of environmental protections -- from the Clean Water Rule to the Clean Power Plan.

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