News Release | Environment America

Statement: House votes to stop harmful EPA soot rule

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to stop funding the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to institute a new rule regulating soot. Technically known as particulate matter 2.5 (PM 2.5), this air pollution is harmful to human health at the levels being considered by the EPA. Peer-reviewed studies clearly show that a stronger standard is justified and would save many lives. The EPA’s data estimates that even if the air quality around the country met the existing PM 2.5 standard that 50,000 lives would still be prematurely lost. 

News Release | Environment America

Good as news: positive environmental stories you may have missed this week

The Public Interest Network’s Environment America and U.S. PIRG are working on multiple campaigns to help America get through the coronavirus pandemic as quickly and safely as possible. But we're also working to ensure that when the outbreak ends, the United States’ policies and practices ensure a cleaner, safer, better world for all of us.

News Release | Environment America

House makes historic commitment to clean water

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the “minibus #1” package of spending bills Friday afternoon. It included more than $11 billion in additional water infrastructure funding beyond the amount in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regular budget.  The package would dramatically improve efforts to prevent sewage overflows and contamination of drinking water by lead and other sources.

News Release | Environment America Research and Policy Center

Are America’s beaches safe for swimming?

With summer in full swing, water pollution can close beaches or put swimmers' health at risk. Last year, bacteria levels at 385 coastal and Great Lakes beaches indicated that the water was potentially unsafe for swimming on at least one out of every four days tested, according to the new report Safe for Swimming? by Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group. The report comes as Congress is set to vote Friday on a major spending bill that includes an additional $11 billion for water infrastructure.

News Release | Environment America

More than 10,000 Americans call for a boost to clean energy as part of COVID-19 recovery legislation

Led by Environment America, more than 10,000 Americans this week called on Congress to use the power of the federal government to boost clean energy.