News Release | Environment America

65 groups call for legislation to phase out PFAS in the military within three years

Environment America submitted a letter to the Senate and House Armed Services Committees today, calling on Congress to pass legislation to phase out military firefighting foams that contain toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) within three years. Sixty-five environmental, veterans and community groups signed on to the letter. “Families from Michigan to West Virginia are drinking poisoned water because nearby military bases keep using these toxic chemicals,” says Bart Johnsen-Harris, clean water advocate with Environment America. “We need to leverage our military’s resources, ingenuity and grit to complete this transition away from PFAS quickly. This is a fight not just to preserve our drinking water, but to protect American lives.”

News Release | Environment America

Statement: United States surpasses 2 million milestone for solar installations

The United States now boasts more than two million solar panel installations, according to data released today by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). While it took decades to reach one million in 2016, the next million took just three years.

News Release | Environment America

National trend toward 100% renewable energy accelerates

In January, Environment America revealed its “100% Renewable” campaign, which aspires to get nine new states to set ambitious renewable energy targets within five years. At the time, only Hawaii and California had met that goal. But with Washington enacting a bill today and New Mexico doing the same in March, the total number has doubled.

News Release | Environment America

Statement on Congress voting for Climate Action Now Act: First climate bill in a decade to pass the U.S. House of Representatives

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 9 “The Climate Action Now” Act today with a bipartisan vote of 231 to 190. This climate bill, the first to receive a vote by the body in a decade, would keep the United States in the Paris Agreement by defunding any effort to withdraw and requiring the Trump administration to submit a plan to meet the U.S. commitment to reduce carbon emissions below 2005 levels by 26 percent to 28 percent by 2032.

News Release | Environment America & U.S. PIRG

Statement: Maine becomes the first state to ban plastic foam

Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill last night that bans polystyrene foam -- commonly referred to as Styrofoam -- cups and containers in the state of Maine. Having passed the legislature a week ago, Maine now becomes the first state in the U.S. to have a foam ban on the books.

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