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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

Exxon Loses Bid to Halt Clean Air Act Suit

A federal court yesterday rejected a motion by ExxonMobil Corporation and two subsidiaries to dismiss a lawsuit filed against them by Sierra Club and Environment Texas. The lawsuit alleges thousands of violations of the Clean Air Act at the nation’s largest oil refinery and chemical plant complex, located in Baytown, Texas. According to the groups, millions of pounds of pollutants have been released in these violations.

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News Release | Environment America

Pollution’s Effect on Children’s Health

This morning the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety and the Subcommittee on Children’s Health and Environmental Responsibility are holding a joint hearing to hear from a panel of experts about air pollution’s effects on the health of America’s children. Today has also been declared an “orange alert” unhealthy air day for ozone pollution – the primary component of smog.

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News Release | Environment America

Pennsylvania Environmental Groups Win Record Penalty Against PA Water Polluter

After more than four years of litigation, PennEnvironment, the Sierra Club, and several of their local members have succeeded in imposing the largest penalty in Pennsylvania history against a water polluter under the federal Clean Water Act’s citizen enforcement provision.

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News Release | Environment America

New Vehicle Labels Encourage Cleaner Cars

Today the Obama administration announced new fuel economy window labels for passenger vehicles that will help Americans shopping for a new car better identify each car’s projected pollution emissions and its gasoline costs. The new labels are expected to help car buyers more easily identify these cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars.

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News Release | Environment America

President Obama Announces Important Step to Save Oil

The Obama administration today announced a pilot program designed to put the government on the path to making the federal fleet powered entirely by alternative fueled vehicles by 2015. Environment America staff policy analyst Daniel Gatti issued this response.

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