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Taking illegal polluters to court

The Wood-Pawcatuck River will be less polluted thanks to our lawsuit against a chronic polluter in South County. The plant was forced to pay for violating the Clean Water Act, and had to install modern pollution control equipment.

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News Release | Environment Rhode Island

President Obama & EPA Protect Public Health, Announce Landmark Mercury Standard for Power Plants

President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first-ever nationwide standard for mercury and air toxics pollution from power plants. Exposure to mercury and other air toxics is linked to cancer, heart disease, neurological damage, birth defects, asthma attacks, and premature death.

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Report | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center

Danger in the Air

Pollution from power plants and vehicles puts the health of our nation’s children and families at risk. Ground-level ozone, the main component of smog, is one of the most harmful and one of the most pervasive air pollutants. There are millions of people living in metropolitan areas around the country, including in Rhode Island, exposed to multiple days each summer when the air is unhealthy to breathe. This report ranks metropolitan areas for their unhealthy air days in 2010 and 2011.

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News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Twenty-Two Rhode Island Businesses and Organizations Sign Letter to Oppose Dirty Water Legislation

Rhode Island small businesses and organizations signed a letter to the state's representatives in Washington, D.C. urging them to champion the protection of Narragansett Bay and other waters in the state and across the country by leading the fight against the unprecedented number of anti-environmental riders in recent House and Senate bills. Many of these amendments have threatened to ease or eliminate longstanding Clean Water Act protections and to undermine the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to enforce environmental regulations.

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At 54.5 mpg, a big step forward.

On August 28, President Obama finalized new clean car standards—54.5 miles per gallon—covering cars and light trucks through 2025, which amounts to the single biggest step this country has ever taken to end our addiction to oil and tackle global warming.

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