News Release | Environment America

Hastings’ OCS Bill Passes; House Opens Mid-Atlantic to Drilling

Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1230, the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Act. Reversing President Obama’s decision to cancel drilling off the coast Virginia, this bill requires leasing in a 3 million acre area at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, speeds up leasing in the Gulf of Mexico, and bases those leases on the flawed environmental analysis that was done prior to the BP oil spill last summer.

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Clean Cars Would Cut Pollution, Save Americans $66 Billion at the Gas Pump This Summer

As the average price of gas creeps closer to $4 per gallon and Americans brace for further price increases, a new Environment America Research & Policy Center report finds that more fuel efficient cars would save the average American family $513 at the gas pump this summer alone. The report was released as the Obama administration is developing new fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards for cars and light trucks. 

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National Research Council Faults States for Water Protection Failures

Today the National Research Council of the National Academies issued a new report covering states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed: “Achieving Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Goals in the Chesapeake Bay: An Evaluation of Program Strategies and Implementation.” The report analyzes the tracking and verification of water cleanup actions. The report notes that many current measures are “low-hanging fruit,” like cover crops and sewage treatment plant upgrades. Very soon, states will need to start implementing more innovative approaches.

News Release | Environment America

Landmark Clean Water Announcement

Environment America hailed the Obama administration for releasing a proposed guidance that, if adopted, would restore Clean Water Act protections to vital streams across the country and protect American’s drinking water. In response to the announcement, Environment America is launching a major initiative to build support for clean water protections.

News Release | Environment America

25 Years after Chernobyl: Nuclear Power is Still Too Risky

On the 25th anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, the world is yet again faced with widespread radioactive contamination from damaged nuclear plants. After an earthquake and tsunami hit the coast of Japan, four reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant are partially melted down and have been leaking dangerous radioactive elements for more than a month. The disaster’s severity has been rated at the highest international level and stands alone with Chernobyl in the history of nuclear power as a ’major accident,’ with ‘widespread health and environmental effects.’Areas around Chernobyl are still contaminated with levels of radioactive elements that are dangerous to public health and the environment.

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