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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. Now, mountain lions, pronghorn antelope and peregrine falcon will have protected habitat, while New Mexicans and all Americans have beautiful places for hiking and other recreational adventures long into the future.

News Release | Environment America

President Obama’s Budget Good News for Our Parks, Climate Action, Shortchanges Clean Water Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Anna Aurilio, director of Environment America’s Washington, D.C. office, issued the following statement in response to President Obama releasing his annual budget proposal:

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News Release | Environment America

EPA Standard for Gasoline-Powered Vehicles is Good News for Our Health, Environment

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to today’s announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency has finalized new pollution standards from gasoline-powered vehicles, Environment America Senior Program Manager Travis Madsen issued the following statement:

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News Release | Environment America

EPA takes steps to Protect Bristol Bay from Copper Mining

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency initiated a process under the Clean Water Act to identify appropriate options to protect the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska from the potentially destructive impacts of the proposed Pebble Mine. Anna Aurilio, director of Environment America’s D.C. office, issued the following statement in response:

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68 Outdoor Business Owners Join Environment America, Call for Better Protection of Public Lands

Washington, D.C. — Today, 68 outdoor recreation business owners called on President Obama and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to protect America’s public lands from development and pollution, and to provide them with the funding and resources they need. The businesses called for the preservation of treasured landscapes and the continued development of outdoor recreation, one of the country’s fastest growing industries.

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News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

1,000+ Health Professionals Call on President Obama to Act on Fracking

Washington, D.C. – Today, Environment America Research & Policy Center and its state affiliates delivered letters from more than 1,000 doctors, nurses, and other health professionals to President Obama and state decision-makers asserting that fracking should be stopped, given the overwhelming threats to public health. The letters come as public awareness of the health and environmental impacts of fracking is on the rise. For example, in a peer-reviewed study published last month, researchers found an increased rate of birth defects in babies born to mothers in Colorado who lived in close proximity to multiple oil and gas wells.

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