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.
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.
More than 800,000 Americans called on the Environmental Protection Agency to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act. And in May, they answered by finalizing a rule to restore protections to the more than 20 million acres of wetlands, 60% of streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.
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.