News Release | Environment America

House passes sweeping PFAS protections: 2025 ban on military use, Superfund cleanup and clean water safeguards

The U.S. House approved a host of provisions today to address widespread drinking water contamination from toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The annual defense spending bill would phase out the military’s use of PFAS-containing firefighting foams by 2025 — a major source of drinking water contamination. The bill would also designate all PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances under Superfund and toxic pollutants under the Clean Water Act, spurring cleanup and reducing discharges into waterways, respectively.

Both chambers have now incorporated our request to rapidly phase out the military’s use of PFAS. This is what communities and service members deserve. The House wants this phaseout by 2025, while the Senate says 2023. We are gratified to see this Congressional race to the top.

News Release | Environment Missouri

Senate bill to ramp up renewable energy

A new bill filed yesterday by Sens. Tom Udall, Senator Martin Heinrich, Senator Tina Smith, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and Senator Angus King will put the U.S. on track for at least 50 percent renewable electricity nationwide by 2035.The Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) Act of 2019, which requires all states to steadily increase their use of renewable sources like wind and solar each year.

News Release | Environment Missouri

Senate bill to ramp up renewable energy

A new bill filed yesterday by Sens. Tom Udall, Senator Martin Heinrich, Senator Tina Smith, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and Senator Angus King will put the U.S. on track for at least 50 percent renewable electricity nationwide by 2035.The Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) Act of 2019, which requires all states to steadily increase their use of renewable sources like wind and solar each year.

News Release | Environment America

Senate approves 2023 ban on military’s toxic PFAS foams

The U.S. Senate passed its annual defense policy bill today with a host of provisions to address widespread drinking water contamination from toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). One key provision would phase out the military’s use of PFAS-containing firefighting foams — a major source of pollution — by 2023. By incorporating our request to adopt a 3-year timeline for phasing out military use of PFAS, the Senate bill prevents further contamination quickly — which is what communities and service members deserve.

News Release | Environment Missouri

Statement: Trump administration's rollback of the Clean Power Plan sends U.S. in wrong direction on climate change

Trump administration’s replacement to Clean Power Plan  sends U.S. in the wrong direction on climate change

The Trump administration announced today its rule to replace the Clean Power Plan, which was put into place in 2015. The Clean Power Plan was set to cut carbon pollution from the electric power sector by 32 percent by 2030. At a time when even steeper cuts are necessary to avert the worst impacts of climate change, this new replacement plan is expected to slow the power sector’s transition to clean, renewable energy and could lead to an increase in emissions from nearly 30 percent of coal plants. 

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