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Ignoring Health Risk, EPA To Authorize Air Pollution Increases Nationwide
22 Aug 03 | According to government records, on August 1, 2003, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency submitted sweeping rollbacks to the Clean Air Act's "new source review" for final White House review.
Automobile Industry Largest Source of Lead Pollution Today
23 Jul 03 | The use of lead in cars accounts for the largest remaining source of lead pollution, finds a new report released today. One car component, the lead starter battery, is responsible for the majority of current lead use in the world.
Pacific Rockfish Closures Tough, But Much-Needed Step
21 Jun 02 | Environmental Defense today called the Pacific Fishery Management Council's ruling late Thursday to protect dwindling West Coast rockfish stocks an unfortunate but necessary action to address steep declines in important fish populations that could...
Environmental Defense Salutes Passage Of Clean Smokestacks Bill
18 Jun 02 | Environmental Defense today praised the N.C. General Assembly for passage of the Clean Smokestacks Bill, landmark legislation that will deeply cut harmful emissions from the state's 14 coal-fired power plants.
"North Carolina has been waiting ...
NSR Rollback Undermines Critical Local Air Quality Protections
13 Jun 02 | "For more than two decades every American has depended on this critical Clean Air Act program to safeguard local air quality, to ensure healthy air for our families and to protect our national parks from air pollution," said Environmental Defense ...
CA Green Groups Call On Davis To Take Action On Global Warming
13 Jun 02 | Environmental Defense joined today with 15 other state and national environmental groups in urging Gov. Davis to take a leadership role in aiding the passage of AB 1058 in the California Assembly.
AB 1058 would lower greenhouse gas emissions in ...
Environmental Defense Praises House Vote On Smokestacks Bill
12 Jun 02 | "The public health impacts caused by North Carolina's dirty air have finally gotten the attention of state lawmakers, and the House vote illustrates the bipartisan support for cleaning up and protecting state air quality," said Michael Shore, ...
Environmental Defense Decries Administration Action on CA Offshore Drilling
11 Jun 02 | Environmental Defense today criticized the Bush administration for announcing that it will not buy back unused drilling leases off the coast of California.
A letter sent Friday from Interior Secretary Gale Norton to California Governor Gray Davis...
EPA Issues Toxic Release Inventory For 2000
23 May 02 | Data from the 2000 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) right-to-know program were made available to the public today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The data indicates that 7.10 billion pounds of toxic chemicals were released to the...
Celebrate The Holiday The Environmental Way
20 May 02 | To help address these issues, Environmental Defense is providing tips to make travel this holiday lighter on the environment and lighter on the budget. That adds up to more money in your pocket and less pollution in the environment," said Dean ...
Commuter Choice Benefits Raised For Maryland Workers, Employers
16 May 02 | "Employees, businesses and the health of the public all benefit from investments in commuter programs," said Environmental Defense transportation specialist Scot Spencer.
Maryland Commuter Choice builds on national Commuter Choice programs; these...
Environmental Defense Asks Governors To Clean Up Dirty Air
10 May 02 | Environmental Defense today called on the governors of Southeastern states to mount a coordinated and comprehensive attack on the region's dirty air and adopt policies to improve air quality.
N.C. Governor Mike Easley is hosting an annual air ...
Keep Antibiotics Working Campaign Praises Kennedy's Introduction of Bill to Fight Antibiotic Resistance
10 May 02 | Members of the Keep Antibiotics Working (KAW) campaign today joined the American Public Health Association (APHA) and other medical groups in endorsing a bill introduced by U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, D-MA, to phase out the routine feeding of ...
'Safe Harbor' Offers Landowners A Chance To Aid Rare Species
09 May 02 | Turning farmers and forest landowners from adversaries into allies for conserving rare species is the object of a unique conservation effort by Environmental Defense.
The Robert Mondavi wine company is the first in its industry to pursue a Safe ...
L.A. Areas With Limited Open Space Less Likely To Get Park Funding
09 May 02 | Environmental Defense And The Verde Coalition Praise USC Report On Prop.
Environmental Defense and the Verde Coalition today praised Parks and Park Funding in Los Angeles: An Equity Mapping Analysis, a report by the Sustainable Cities Program at ...
Statement Of Environmental Defense On Farm Bill Passage
08 May 02 | Environmental Defense today released the following statement from senior attorney Tim Searchinger on expected final passage of the farm bill conference report by the U.S. Senate.
"The farm bill represented a rare opportunity to reward farmers, ...
Coalition Unveils Strategy For Improving Southeastern Air Quality
07 May 02 | A coalition of environmental organizations today issued recommendations to help guide Southeastern states in the development of policies that will curtail excessive energy consumption and improve regional air quality and public health.
Court Affirms Historic Diesel Truck Clean Air Program
03 May 02 | Environmental Defense today praised a unanimous ruling by a three-judge federal court of appeals panel that affirms an historic clean air program to slash noxious air pollution from large diesel trucks and buses in communities across the country. ...
Farm Bill Agreement Will Hurt The Environment
26 Apr 02 | Environmental Defense today said that a new farm bill agreement reached by House and Senate negotiators will harm the environment and most farmers.
"The conferees have eliminated any environmental balance in this farm bill by boosting subsidies ...
Environmental Defense Praises Smokestacks Announcement
25 Apr 02 | Passage Of Bill Would Protect Public Health, Establish N.C.
As A Leader In Improving Air Quality North Carolina Environmental Defense praised Gov. Mike Easley today for spearheading negotiations that could lead to passage of the Clean Smokestacks...