Updates

We helped lead the charge on the first statewide bag ban.

Big victory! California is the first state to ban single-use plastic bags, thanks in large part to the work of our state affiliate in California. When this law goes into effect in July 2015, we’ll take billions of plastic bags out of our environment. That means cleaner rivers and a safer future for sea turtles and other Pacific wildlife. In 2013, the number of communities banning plastic disposable bags—the kind that  often wash into the sea and harm sea birds and other marine animals—surpassed 100, thanks in part to the advocacy and organizing of our state affiliates across the country.

News Release | Environment Ohio

Environment Ohio Statement on Toledo Drinking Water Contamination

As Toledo recovered today from contamination of its drinking water, Environment Ohio’s Christian Adams released the following statement:

This weekend, contamination by toxic algae meant that nearly half a million people in the Toledo area could not use their own tap water for drinking, bathing, or cooking. As residents recover from this crisis, one thing is clear: If we want safe drinking water, we must ensure that all of Ohio’s waterways are protected by the Clean Water Act.

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News Release | Environment New Jersey and The Natural Resources Defense Council

Citizens Urge Governor Christie to Act on Climate

Concerned citizens, parents, scientists, elected officials, health professionals, clean energy business owners and environmental advocates gathered at a public hearing today to speak out against a Christie Administration proposal to repeal rules implementing a program to clean up global warming pollution from power plants – the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Advocates made the case that we have a moral obligation to protect children and future generations from the worst impacts of climate change, and that Governor Christie needs to act in order to position New Jersey to comply with new power plant carbon pollution standards proposed by EPA.

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News Release | Environment America

New Report: Ranks Top 10 States Leading the U.S. in Solar Power

Solar electric power tripled in the U.S. between 2011 and 2013 and ten states are responsible for 87% percent of that growth; according to a new report,  Lighting the Way: The Top Ten States that Helped Drive America’s Solar Energy Boom in 2013. The report analyzes the amount of solar power installed through 2013 and reviews the policies that responsible for solar’s success.

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News Release | Environment America

Environment America Backs Clean Power Plan at EPA Hearings

The Environmental Protection Agency will take input from hundreds of concerned citizens and business at four public hearings held this week in Pittsburgh, Denver, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. Environment America Executive Director Margie Alt, along with leaders of Environment America state-based affiliate groups in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Wisconsin, will make statements supporting the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and urge that EPA maximize the power of clean energy to strengthen the rule.

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News Release | Environment America

EPA takes steps to Protect Bristol Bay from Toxic Mining Wastes

Today the EPA has issued a new proposal that could lead to the protection of the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery

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