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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

United States can reduce oil dependence by 79 billion gallons

A comprehensive strategy to get off oil can reduce oil dependence by 79 billion gallons per year—more than all of our imports from OPEC nations, according to the new report, “Getting Off Oil: A 50 State Roadmap to Curbing Our Dependence on Petroleum,” released today by Environment America.

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News Release | Environment America

U.S. House Subcommittee Passes Dirty Air & Dirty Water Bill that Threatens Americans’ Health and Environment

Today the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies passed in a 7 to 4 vote a bill that attacks protections and funding for clean air, water and public lands, and puts Americans’ health at risk. 

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News Release | Environment America

EPA to Save As Many As 34,000 Lives With New Clean Air Protections

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a historic clean air standard to cut deadly smog- and soot-forming pollution from power plants in the eastern half of the country. EPA estimates that the rule will save as many as 34,000 lives in 2014.

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News Release | Environment America

San Antonio Power Plant Expected to Be Retired

Environment Texas hailed the expected announcement today by San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro that the city-owned CPS Energy will retire the polluting Deely power plant by the year 2018 and replace its power with additional investments in solar energy. According to research by Environment Texas, in 2009, the Deely plant emitted 3657 tons of nitrogen oxide, a key precursor to smog pollution. The two Deely smokestacks join with the two “Spruce” units to make up the Calaveras Power Station, which an April Environment Texas report found ranked 11th out of the state’s 20 power plants for mercury pollution. And according to a study by the Clean Air Task Force, power plant pollution in Bexar County is linked to 282 asthma attacks and 11 deaths every year.

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News Release | Environment America

Sen. Carper & EPA Air Chief Gina McCarthy Highlight Life-Saving Clean Air Rules

This morning the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, chaired by Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, is hosting a hearing to highlight two critical rules that would dramatically limit dangerous air pollution and protect public health – EPA’s proposed Power Plant Mercury and Air Toxics Rule and proposed Transport Rule. The hearing will feature testimony from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air and Radiation Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy. The two rules would save tens of thousands of lives each year once implemented.

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