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.
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.
Defending 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.
100,000 strong for clean water.
After thousands of members of Environment America Research and Policy Center and our sister organizations urged the EPA to act, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced a plan to restore Clean Water Act protections to all of America's rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands. We’ve since delivered more than 100,000 public comments in support of clean water protections.
HISTORIC CLEAN CAR STANDARDS FINALIZED
Decades of work by our staff, allies and citizen supporters paid off on August 28, when the Obama administration finalized clean car standards that are the biggest step the U.S. has ever taken to tackle global warming and get off oil. Here Environment America's Nathan Willcox thanks President Obama for his leadership on this issue.