Despite decades of progress under the Clean Air Act, Americans across the country continue to breathe unhealthy air, leading to increased risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.
Solar power grew at a record-breaking pace in 2016. The United States now has 42 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy capacity, enough to power 8.3 million homes and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 52.3 million metric tons annually.1 Hundreds of thousands of Americans, especially in our cities, have invested in their own solar panels or solar projects in their communities and millions more are ready to join them.
Lead is highly toxic and especially damaging to children -- impairing their learning and development, lowering their intelligence and altering their behavior. Right now, regulations are too weak to protect our children from lead-laden water at school, testing is too haphazard and non-transparent, and remediation is left to chance. Because lead is so toxic, the most health-protective policy is to remove lead from our schools and pre-schools. States, including New Jersey, have been lagging in their response, and lead in our drinking water -- and in our childrens' blood -- should be treated like the crisis it is.
With clean water protections under attack in the courts, 79 local officials from across the country joined Environment America Research & Policy Center in amicus briefs supporting the Clean Water Rule.
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