As the Department of the Interior debated whether to allow uranium mining on the borders of Grand Canyon National Park, we released research showing that every uranium mining site in the West has required some degree of toxic cleanup. Interior Secretary Salazar decided to ban new mining claims for 20 years – the maximum allowed by law.
New limits on carbon pollution
In conjunction with our national federation, we helped convince the Environmental Protection Agency to set smart new limits on the amount of smog-forming carbon pollution that new coal-fired power plants can emit – an important victory for the thousands of Arizonans who suffer from asthma, which is exacerbated by smog.
Less toxic mercury in our water, air and bodies
After our research helped shine a media spotlight on the health problems mercury can cause for pregnant women and young children, the Environmental Protection Agency ruled that coal-fired power plants like Navajo Generating Station must reduce the amount of mercury they emit by 90 percent.
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.
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.