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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. 

Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Path to the Paris Climate Conference

Even without Congress, the federal executive branch and states are playing a major role in U.S. progress to address climate change. In the next decade, existing state policies and federal rules such as the Clean Power Plan will cut carbon pollution by 1.1 billion metric tons, or 27 percent from 2005 levels.

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News Release | Environment America

Supreme Court deals major blow to kids' health

WASHINGTON, DC -- This morning in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever national standards for mercury pollution from power plants. The standards would have applied to roughly 600 plants, cutting mercury pollution up to 90 percent and preventing up to 11,000 deaths each year.

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News Release | Environment America

U.S. House votes to block Clean Power Plan in spite of increasing calls for bold climate action

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. House voted this afternoon to derail the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which makes deep cuts in carbon pollution from power plants, the nation's largest source of global warming pollution.

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News Release | Environment America

Countering utility claims, report says solar panel owners provide net benefits

BOSTON, MA – Homes and businesses with solar panels deliver more benefits than they receive through programs like net metering, a report said today, countering increasing complaints from utilities that solar homeowners don’t pay their fair share.

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Report | Environment America Research and Policy Center

Shining Rewards

A review of 11 recent analyses shows that individuals and businesses that decide to “go solar” generally deliver greater benefits to the grid and society than they receive through net metering. 

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