Protecting the biggest step for clean water in a decade
After Environment America Research and Policy Center and our allies generated 300,000 comments to EPA, the agency proposed a rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that leave more than half of America’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands at risk of unchecked pollution and development. Unfortunately, many of the nation’s biggest polluters have opposed the EPA’s action. Thousands of miles of pipelines running through wetlands prompted Big Oil to threaten “legal warfare” over the issue.
We won a temporary ban on mining near the Grand Canyon.
Toxic mining has no place near the Grand Canyon. The Obama administration responded to calls from Environment America Research and Policy Center and our allies, and issued a temporary ban on new mining on more than 1 million acres surrounding the Grand Canyon. We’re pushing hard to make the ban permanent while working to stop mining outside Minnesota’s Boundary Waters, Yosemite and other special places.
We're restoring Clean Water Act protections.
At our urging, more than 250,000 Americans called on the Environmental Protection Agency to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act. This spring, they answered by proposing a rule to restore protections to the more than 20 million acres of wetlands, 60% of streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans. With your support, we’ll see this critical safeguard over the finish line and secure the biggest clean water victory in more than a decade.
We won monumental clean car standards.
On July 29, 2011, President Obama announced the outline of new clean car standards covering cars and light trucks through 2025. The new standards will require new cars to achieve a fleet average of 54.5 miles per gallon. Thousands of our members helped seal the deal by emailing the White House and attending Environmental Protection Agency hearings in support of the standards.
Lawsuit against Shell Oil Company
In Texas, we sued to stop Shell Oil's illegal violations of the Clean Air Act at their Deer Park facility. Last April, Shell agreed to settle the case for $5.8 million, a record for a citizen environmental suit in Texas, and to clean up their act.