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Danger in the Air

According to the American Lung Association, nearly half of all Americans – 48 percent – still live in areas with unhealthy levels of smog pollution. Though air quality has improved significantly in the last decade as a result of policies at the state and federal level, there is still much to be done, as there are millions of people living in metropolitan areas around the country 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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We’re restoring Clean Water Act protections.

More than 800,000 of us 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. 

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A brighter future for wind and solar.

Through our activism and advocacy, Arizona is now set to get at least 15% of its energy from clean and renewable sources by 2025. This will ensure that more homes and businesses can tap into the energy of the sun and the power of the wind. Arizonans will also save money with energy efficiency measures included in this law.  

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America's Biggest Mercury Polluters

Power plants continue to release large amounts of toxic pollutants, including mercury, into our air. In 2010, two-thirds of all airborne mercury pollution in the United States came from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants. In other words, power plants generate more airborne mercury pollution than all other industrial sources combined.

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Phoenix ranks in top 30 smoggiest cities in US

A new report released by Environment Arizona shows Phoenix one of the smoggiest cities to live in the U.S.

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