News Release | Environment America

Superfund sites, refineries, fossil fuel infrastructure in potential path of Tropical Storm Barry

As Tropical Storm Barry bears down on the Louisiana coast, Environment America, U.S. PIRG and Frontier Group -- all part of the Public Interest Network -- are sharing information that will help your readers and viewers contextualize what's going on with regard to major environmental and health concerns.

News Release | Environment America

House passes sweeping PFAS protections: 2025 ban on military use, Superfund cleanup and clean water safeguards

The U.S. House approved a host of provisions today to address widespread drinking water contamination from toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The annual defense spending bill would phase out the military’s use of PFAS-containing firefighting foams by 2025 — a major source of drinking water contamination. The bill would also designate all PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances under Superfund and toxic pollutants under the Clean Water Act, spurring cleanup and reducing discharges into waterways, respectively.

Both chambers have now incorporated our request to rapidly phase out the military’s use of PFAS. This is what communities and service members deserve. The House wants this phaseout by 2025, while the Senate says 2023. We are gratified to see this Congressional race to the top.

News Release | Environment America

New study: Solar power delivers much more than just clean energy

Americans benefit from solar panels in important ways that are often overlooked by policymakers, according to The True Value of Solar: Measuring The Benefits of Rooftop Solar Power, a new study released today by Environment America Research and Policy Center and Frontier Group.  States should assess all those benefits when determining their energy policies and incentives. 

News Release | Environment America

Governors representing more than half of the United States population stand up for clean cars

A bipartisan group of 24 governors representing more than half of the US population is calling on the Trump administration to stop the rollback of the Clean Car Standards. The Clean Car Standards were set to double fuel economy, and would have cut global warming pollution in half for cars sold in 2025. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s own estimates, their rollback would increase petroleum consumption by 500,000 barrels per day, exacerbating the effects of global warming.

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States of repair: governors, state legislatures find climate solutions

As the first half of 2019 comes to a close, it’s clear that the 2018 elections have had positive consequences at the state level when it comes to addressing climate change. Six months ago, as new governors and state legislators took office, Environment America Research & Policy Center released a report, Climate Solutions from Day One: 12 Ways Governors Can Lead on Climate Now, detailing a set of 12 actions governors could take immediately to significantly reduce planet-warming carbon pollution and ensure a more stable climate for their states and the nation.

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