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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.

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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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One Year After the BP Gulf Oil Spill, Not Much Has Changed: Oil Is Still Washing Up, Congress Is Sitting on Its Hands, Oil Industry Profits Are Gushing

One year ago, on April 20th around 9:30 PM BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in flames, claiming the lives of eleven men and starting the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Before the well was capped 87 days later on July 15th, more than 200 million gallons of oil had been spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. More than 1,000 miles of the coastline were oiled, thousands of birds and sea turtles were dead or dying, tourism and fishing along the Gulf coast trickled to a standstill, and billions of dollars of damage to our natural resources and economy was done. For three months Americans watched helplessly as the oil gushed out. Despite the efforts of tens of thousands of workers and billions of dollars spent on stopping the well and cleaning up, less than 15 percent of the spilled oil was ever cleaned up.

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Groups call on Governor Walker to protect Wisconsin’s lakes

On Tuesday, area fishermen, farmers and environmentalists held a press conference at Lake Waubesa, to call on Governor Walker and his administration to move ahead with protections for Wisconsin’s waterways.

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Hastings to Drillers: ‘Forget the Gulf Oil Spill; Full Speed Ahead’

The House Natural Resources Committee will mark up three bills this morning introduced by Representative Doc Hastings (R, WA). H.R.1229, H.R.1230, and H.R.1231 would require the Department of Interior to lease vast areas of the Outer Continental Shelf where there is no drilling today, speed up the permit approval process, and hand the oil industry more taxpayer subsidies --subsidies for performing seismic testing that the companies have to pay for themselves today.

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