News Release | Environment America

New Report: Mercury Pollution from Power Plants a Major Threat to Americans’ Health, Environment

Power plants in America emitted 134, 365 pounds of mercury pollution in 2009, according to the new Environment America report, Dirty Energy’s Assault on our Health: Mercury. The report found that power plants in just four states—Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia—are responsible for over 35 percent of all mercury pollution from power plants in the United States. The report comes as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to propose a standard by March to limit mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants.

News Release | Environment America

Recommendations of Oil Spill Commission Co-Chairs Must be Implemented

Today Oil Spill Commission Co-Chairs, former Senator Bob Graham and former EPA Administrator Bill Reilly, asked both House and Senate energy committees to legislate recommendations made by the Oil Spill Commission that investigated the causes of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill with the help of dozens of experts and industry participation. The Commission’s report, released two weeks ago, contains dozens of important recommendations for industry and the government.Mike Gravitz, Oceans Advocate of Environment America responded.

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Marin County Joins 23 Other California Counties/Cities To Ban Single-Use Bags

Today Marin County Board of Supervisors overcame the plastic industry opposition with their unanimous vote to ban single-use bags from Marin County

News Release | Environment America

American Petroleum Institute Report on Offshore Permitting Shows Industry Has Head in the Sand

Today, the American Petroleum Institute released a report examining the economic impact of a one or two year delay in opening new offshore drilling fields, which they say could result if the President's Oil Spill Commission’s recommendations are adopted by Congress.

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Drilling Agency Reorganization is Good But ‘No Drilling’ is Even Safer

Today Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Director, Michael Bromwich, announced a reorganization of that bureau designed to emphasize drilling safety and a new drilling safety advisory panel of experts.

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