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Statement: EPA advises stronger limits on levels of toxic PFAS chemicals to protect Americans’ health

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled on Wednesday new health advisories for four of the most common toxic PFAS chemicals that pollute drinking water nationwide. These official EPA actions “provide technical information to drinking water system operators, as well as federal, state, Tribal, and local officials, on the health effects, analytical methods, and treatment technologies associated with drinking water contaminants.” In addition, the EPA announced the first round of funding to help clean up these so-called “forever chemicals” in public water systems. However, the EPA does not have the authority to enforce any PFAS standard associated with the health advisory.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: US House votes to protect America’s wildlife

The U.S. House passed a bipartisan bill on Tuesday that would provide funding to all 50 states, territories and the District of Columbia to protect more than 12,000 at-risk fish and wildlife species.

News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Statement: Rhode Island one step closer to 100% renewable energy commitment

The Rhode Island House of Representatives approved legislation Tuesday that requires electric suppliers to procure 100% renewable electricity by 2033. 

News Release | Environment Washington

Statement: Inslee/Murray report provides blueprint for breaching the Lower Snake River Dams and saving salmon and orcas

Gov. Jay Inslee and United States Sen. Patty Murray released on Thursday a draft report on dam breaching on the Lower Snake River. The draft report, entitled "Lower Snake River Dams: Benefit Replacement Draft Report," was released after a months-long assessment started in December 2021 to determine how the dams’ services could be replaced and the impacts on salmon populations currently facing extinction.

 

News Release | Environment America

U.S. Interior Department to phase out sale of single-use plastic products in parks, public lands

WASHINGTON --- Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland issued an order on Wednesday, World Oceans Day, to phase out single-use plastic products on lands managed by the Department of the Interior by 2032. The order is intended to reduce -- and eventually eliminate -- plastic and polystyrene food and beverage containers, bottles, straws, cups, cutlery and disposable plastic bags at national parks and on other public lands.

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