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EPA's Holds Clean Power Plan Hearings In DC, Atlanta, Denver, and Pittsburgh

Posted July 29, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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EPA kicked off hearings this week in four cities on its proposed carbon pollution standards for the nation's 1500 power plants.  Hundreds of concerned citizens are turning out at each hearing to raise their voices for action.  A team...continued

EPA's Denver hearing on the Clean Power Plan: My comments

Posted July 29, 2014 by Noah Long in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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This morning I attended the sold-out EPA hearing in Denver on the proposed Clean Power Plan. From what I saw, most of the crowd and speakers were overwhelmingly in favor of strong and effective standards to cut carbon pollution.  Here...continued

The Proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan Is the Wrong Approach for California

Posted July 29, 2014 by Kate Poole in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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As California struggles to respond to one of the worst droughts in generations, we need to do more than shorten our showers and turn off the faucet while brushing our teeth.   California’s water system is broken: The San Francisco Bay-...continued

New York City's History-Making Recycling Law Turns 25 Years Old (Part I)

Posted July 29, 2014 by Eric Goldstein in Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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New York City’s landmark recycling statute -- which provided residents here with curbside collection of recyclables for the first time in modern history and generated momentum for stepped-up recycling in cities around the nation -- is celebrating its 25th birthday...continued

Don't be a Stooge: What's at stake in the Republican assault on environmental protection

Posted July 28, 2014 by David Goldston in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Congress’ departure from Washington for its annual August recess is a traditional time to take stock of what our legislators have been up to.  In recent years, this has too often degenerated into mere lampooning, obscuring how deadly in earnest...continued

Certifiably Sustainable: New Report Shows how Large Biofuel Users can Reduce Risk and Help the Environment

Posted July 28, 2014 by Brian Siu in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Large fuel consumers are increasingly considering biofuels as a replacement for conventional petroleum, as a way to reduce their environmental impact and as a long-term solution to oil dependence. These are valid pursuits, yet they can be undermined by purchasing...continued

Ohio Fracking Spill Highlights Problems with State Disclosure Laws

Posted July 25, 2014 by Matthew McFeeley in Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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After tens of thousands of gallons of fracking chemicals flowed into a creek last month in Ohio, officials with the state and federal environmental protection agencies, who oversee the safety of drinking water, were forced to wait for five days...continued

BUSTED: Big Ag's Big Myths About the Clean Water Protection Rule

Posted July 24, 2014 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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One of my kids’ (and my) favorite TV shows is “Mythbusters.” It’s got a great combination of fact-based scrutiny of popularly held beliefs and a healthy dose of excellently infantile humor.  Given how fun they make it look, I expected...continued

Building Climate-Resilient Communities with State Revolving Funds

Posted July 23, 2014 by Ben Chou in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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Water and wastewater infrastructure systems play a vital role in our daily lives. Without these critical systems, life as we know it would not be possible. Yet much of this infrastructure is outdated, under-maintained, and in desperate need of repair....continued

Small Business Owners Want Clean Water Protections

Posted July 23, 2014 by Karen Hobbs in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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80 percent of small business owners favor restoring federal clean water protections to streams and wetlands, according to a new poll.  These are some of the very waterbodies that the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers propose...continued

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