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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 North Carolina

Representatives propose caution on fracking

Raleigh, NC—Reps. Mitch Gillespie and Mike Stone announced legislation today that would continue study of the controversial form of gas drilling known as “fracking” for another two years.  Environment North Carolina State Director Elizabeth Ouzts commended their cautious approach, and issued a statement in response.

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News Release | Environment America

Senate Debates Menendez Bill to End Handouts to Big Oil and Invest in Clean Energy Economy

The U.S. Senate, after voting by an overwhelming margin to consider the bill, is looking toward a possible vote on Thursday on the Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act, sponsored by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ). The bill would end taxpayer subsidies for the biggest oil companies in order to fund clean energy programs and reduce the deficit. John Cross, federal transportation advocate for Environment America, made the following statement.

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News Release | Environment America

Obama Administration to Protect Americans’ Health by Setting Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed historic new limits on carbon pollution from new power plants.  Carbon pollution fuels global warming, which leads to poor air quality that triggers asthma attacks and other respiratory problems.  Scientists also predict that global warming will lead to more devastating floods, more deadly heat waves and the spread of infectious diseases. Coal-fired power plants are the largest single source of carbon pollution in the U.S., yet there are currently no federal limits on this pollution from power plants. The standard proposed today will correct that for new power plants by limiting their emissions of carbon pollution.

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Environmental report: Cooper River laden with carcinogens

The Cooper River is the sixth most polluted river in terms of carcinogenic toxins according to a report by Environment America, a federation of state-based, citizen-funded environmental advocacy organizations.

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Cushing's Litany of Climate Disasters, Fueled By Our Addiction To Oil

President Barack Obama’s visit to Cushing, Oklahoma, the “Pipeline Crossroads for the World,” took him to ground zero for climate disasters in the United States.

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